Reading: Philippians 4:6, Matthew 11:28, Psalm 55:22, Psalm 56:3
Many times, life presents us with situations that brew worry, fear and anxiety in our hearts. However, it is important to note that God knew before hand that we would be faced with troubles in this life and therefore He gave us a ‘how to handle formula’. Paul, speaking to the Philippians advises that instead of drowning in worry and being so anxious about things that are beyond your ability, a better option would be actually to pray.Yes.Pray.Take your need to God in prayer first. Before taking to your social media platforms with all your cares and woes seeking attention from the world or even sitting down to vent out to friends or colleagues, complain and play victim, the master bids you to talk to Him.
As unrealistic as it may seem, I want you to know that God doesn’t ask you to pray just for the sake of it. There is a divine exchange that takes place when you are on your knees. That is where you trade your worry, pain and fear for the peace of God that comes to guard your heart and mind. Prayer displaces worry and fear and releases peace; not like the world gives but the Peace of God Himself. (John 14:27) What an assurance and relief! While there is actually nothing wrong with sharing with people your burdens, I challenge you that before you do, learn to take your burdens and cares to the Lord first. Many times you’ve heard that a problem shared is a problem half solved, but today I introduce you to Jesus, who will not solve your problem halfway. He will go all the way because there is nothing that is too hard for Him. (Jere 32:27) Come to Him with your heavy burdens and experience His peace and rest. (Matthew 11:28) Cast every care to the Lord because He cares for you. (Psalm 55:22) He knows your name, your every desire and He loves you deeply.
Today, choose to trade your sorrows for the peace of God on your knees and as you call unto Him in faith may the God who hears and answers prayer do unto you much more than you can ever imagine.(Jere 33:3)Remember, you have a friend in Jesus who sticks even closer than a brother. Whatever it is, take it to the Lord in prayer.