Why are you burdened? BY WARI EKI
Sometimes ago, I had this issue that was bothering me so much that it became a burden. It was something that I prayed about constantly, but it was like each time I prayed, I became more anxious and burdened by the issue. Finally, one day I cried out to God, “why isn’t this going away Father? Why is my heart still so heavy?” And the answer I got was one that has changed my life. God simply said, “how do you expect me to take this burden from you when you are holding onto it so tightly?”
A lot of people have this habit of praying from a place of worry and anxiety (myself included sometimes). Whenever a bad situation comes up, the first reaction we have as humans is one of fear and worry, “oh, what do I do? How do I handle this?”.
Most people will actually try and solve the problem with their own strength, and when we are unable to sort it out and prayer does come to mind as a last resort, we often take this anxious mindset into the place of prayer. And after praying, we promptly pick our burdens back up and go right back to worrying about them.
According to our scripture in focus, In any and every situation we are not be anxious, but we are to make known our requests to God through prayer, supplication (which is an intense earnestness in extended prayer by making direct request to God and fully transferring the burdens of ones soul to Gods hands), and then thanksgiving, and when we have given thanks we are to let go and allow His peace which passes all understanding guard our hearts. It is important to take note of the progression of the scripture; Prayer, supplication, thanksgiving and then peace.
Once you have prayed concerning an issue, give thanks to God because you know that He has heard you and stop worrying!
1 Peter 5:7 says, “casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, because He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully” (AMPC, emphasis mine).
The word “cast” means to throw something forcefully in a specified direction. We are to cast all of our worries and anxieties on God, and the amplified Bible adds a very important phrase, “once and for all”. This means that our casting should be a one time thing. When you throw something away in the trash do you keep going to pick it back up only to just throw it away again? No! You throw something away once and then walk away. It’s the same here, We are not to cast our problems, run and pick them back up, then cast again.
The peace of God, according to the amplified bible, is “that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fears nothing from God and is content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is”, and this peace is one that surpasses all understanding. Prayer and this kind of peace are closely connected. A person who entrusts their cares to Christ instead of worrying about them will experience the peace of God and this will help to guard one’s mind in Christ.
So, whatever it is that you are going through, that you are facing, that you are struggling with, take it to your Father in the place of prayer with the knowledge that He cares for and about you, and that He has good thoughts towards you to give you a good future. Give thanks to Him for this, leave your burdens at His feet, and allow His peace to fill you.