It seems that people pray as a last resort. Others think it’s a waste of time.
The famous hymn bid the weary soul not to despair neither take matters into their own hands.
In this poem written to comfort his mother and one that has become a world-famous Christian hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Joseph M. Scriven writes, “Oh, what peace we often forfeit – Oh, what needless pain we bear – All because we do not carry – Everything to God in prayer.”
If you are confronting particular challenges affecting your peace of mind, your health, and relationships, don’t wait to be burdened down into utter discouragement.
The Lord, Jesus Christ, beckons you to bring your burdens to Him in exchange for a peace that is out of this world and overflowing joy.
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Jesus extends an all-inclusive invitation to the oppressed. He says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, ESV).
Are you laboring under the weight of sickness, fear of the unknown, over-concerned about the pandemic, and the nations’ instability? Whatever nature or source of your worrying, Jesus knows all about it, and He wants to lighten your load.
But you must bring it to Him in prayer.
Just like going to court, you must enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving and praise. Declare on what grounds you enter His courtroom (by the shed-blood and in the name of Jesus Christ). Then you present your case to God on the basis that Jesus was beaten, mocked, crucified, and was raised from the dead on the third day so that you might have eternal life, abundant life, and peace with God and in your heart.
Jesus desires that you don’t wait to get to the point of worrying.
The Lord rather that you maintain a close-knit relationship with Him so that prayer does not become your last resort, but that you are continually praying and gliding through the challenges, jumping over obstacles, and living a triumphant life.
The Apostle Paul told the Philippian Christians, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Let us Pray:
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me so much that you gave Your one and only Son to suffer and die so I can live eternally in the future and abundantly in the present. Forgive me of all my sins and wash away my iniquities. In the name of Jesus Christ, Father, by Your Holy Spirit, give me wisdom, help, and resources to overcome my challenges triumphantly and to glorify Your name through it all.