Oh, What needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayers

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Oh, what needless pain we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayers!

Let God help you

It was a cool evening just before the winter sets in. A small boy was kicking his rubber ball all over the place. His father sat nearby enjoying the cool breeze of the evening. Suddenly the ball fell on the roof of a house and got stuck there. The “clever” boy quickly got a long stick with which to dislodge his ball from the roof. However because of his little stature, whenever he was near the house, he could not see the top of the roof. When he moved back to a point where he could see the ball on the roof, he would be too far from the house!

After several futile efforts to reach his ball, the boy in desperation went to meet his Father. With tears in his eyes he appeared to the old man for help. The father looked at him rather sadly and said “Didn’t you see me here all the time? Why do you have to wait till you are tired and frustrated before coming to me for help?”

The boy did not say a word. The father got up and in a moment the ball was again in the boy’s eager hands “Thank you Daddy!” he said. “I hope you have learnt your lesson”, the father replied.

Many of us like the boy in this story, we are true sons and daughters of God, born-again, sanctified, holy living and tongue talking. Yet, we carry our burdens about apparently ignoring the fact that our Father in heaven is more than able to solve all problems. Ephesians 3:20 says “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us.”

Of course, we know that He is able but we feel we should try our best. After all we are “Strong” and “Wise” and “Experienced”. But, did not 1 Peter 5:7. Says, that we should cast ALL our cares upon Him because He cares for us? If we are to cast all our cares upon Him then why are we still carrying part of the burden ourselves?

Could it be pride or ignorance? Could it be that we really do not trust Him to do good job if we surrender all our plans to Him? But did not Psalm 37:5 encourage us to commit our way unto the Lord, trust Him and that He shall bring it to pass? What about the additional witness of Psalm 55:22 and Proverbs 16:3? “Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee! He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” and Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be blessed” Are not the Words of God forever settled?

What is it that worries you so much? Is it your health? Has the doctor said, there is no more hope for you? Is that the doctor’s report? Then what about the Lord’s report? Did He not say that He has no pleasure in the death even of a sinner? Did he not ask you, “Why should you die?”

Did he not say, “You shall not die but live and declare the glory of the Lord?” can the dead praise Him? Can those who go down to the grave magnify Him? Is it not the living that can sing praises unto Him? Isaiah 38:18-19. Did He not say that He chose you so that you can praise Him?

Are you barren? Is that your burden? Who made your womb? Is it not Jesus Christ? If anything is wrong with that womb, can He not amend it or replace it? Luke 1:37 says that with God nothing shall be impossible? Is God a liar? Is He not the one who said, “Be fruitful” and remember the case of Lazarus, that he was not only dead but rotten? Did not Jesus raise Him up? Has Jesus change? Did not Hebrew 13:8 says that He is the same yesterday and today and forever?

Is your business giving you some concern? Do you think He does not know about that too? Did not His word say that He wishes ABOVE ALL THINGS that you PROSPER and be in health even as your soul prosper 3 John 2? What do understand by “above all things? Does that not mean that it is the supreme Will of God Almighty that you should prosper? And if God wants you to prosper, how can your business fail? Unless, of course you do not make Him your partner or maybe He is your junior Partner!

Brethren, let God help you. Bring your problems to Jesus and hands off! That song writer said it well:

“What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and grieve to bear,

What a privilege to carry,

Everything to God in prayer,

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry,

Everything to God in prayers!

May God Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!

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