A Call to Anguish – A Passionate Heart for People


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You know that feeling you get when you see, hear or experience something that completely hits you in your core? That feeling of absolute dread, a heavy weight on your chest and a pain in your heart no amount of crying releases?  

That’s called anguish. Severe mental or physical pain or suffering.  

David Wilkerson preached about it a couple of years ago. This is the anguish that should burn through you, an anguish that pushes you to leave your complacency and comfort-zone to do the work God has called you to.   

(You can watch the full 50-minute sermon here.)  

As the year winds down and we’re starting to feel the toll of the months behind us… Let’s allow God to ignite and stir something within us in that vulnerable space. To use this much needed rest as a foundation and rejuvenation to walk into what He’s calling us to. 

My hope for you, and for myself, is that our eyes will be opened to the reality of what’s happening around us – in our nation. That our ears will be opened to the cries and pleas of those who are in desperate need of truth and love. That our hearts will be moved towards serving people. And that our feet will be ready to walk in obedience as God leads us down paths that probably won’t be comfortable. 

Let’s Pray 

I’m praying for a heart that breaks for what breaks God’s heart. I’m praying for anguish that doesn’t go away, that leads me to strive for more and take action to achieve it. If this video has stirred something inside of you and you’d like someone to pray with you, please get in contact with us. We would love to pray with you and encourage you as you allow God to continue to work in your heart, as He does the same in ours.  

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Did you know? 

After sharing this call to anguish with the CBN team this morning, it was discovered that the original Greek definition of passion means “to suffer.”  

When we think of our passion we usually think of that thing that ignites us and makes us excited, something in which we can find our ‘true calling and purpose’.  What we discover in this original meaning is that passion is actually something that we’re willing to suffer for.  And compassion? To suffer with others.  

Let us continue praying that God fuels our passion for His kingdom, and our compassion for His people. 


Robyn Hattingh

Robyn is the Communications Manager at CBN South Africa in Cape Town. She has a passion for literature, sharing the truth, creation (the more mountains, the better) and relationships. Her novice tech skills have given her the drive to use digital media as a means to share knowledge about Jesus and His love for each of us!