Many of us are struggling with so much these days. Health problems. Financial troubles. Maybe the need of a job or a place to live. Perhaps our children are not living as they ought to be. Or it may be that we have no idea where our next meal will come from.
I hope you will be blessed by this devotional that I wrote for the anthology titled Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. This particular devotional was included in the section titled Prayers of Supplication.
When I’m overwhelmed by cares . . .
I will relieve your shoulder of its burden;
I will free your hands from their heavy tasks.
—Psalm 81:6 NLT
When the cares of my heart are many,
thy consolations cheer my soul.
—Psalm 94:19 RSV
Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you.
The LORD lifts the burdens of those bent beneath their loads.
—Psalm 146:8 NLT
Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is
always thinking about you and watching everything
that concerns you.
—1 Peter 5:7 TLB
. . . I will pray.
From my window, I see children playing in the yard next door, soaking up the warm air and bright sunshine. I still remember those carefree childhood days, filled with simple pleasures—but that seems so far away now. Instead I feel as though I’m buried under a flood of cares: bills to pay, personality conflicts at work, family disagreements.
My life seems to be buried under an avalanche of responsibilities to be met and problems to be solved. My cares cover me like a cloak, blocking the sunshine from my dreary heart.
Help me lift my head, Lord. Fill me up with Your Spirit. Help me to throw off my cloak of sadness and let in the sunshine of Your love.
As an act of faith, I close my eyes and reach out to You—the Giver and Sustainer of life. I release my cares to You, one by one, piling them high at Your feet. The disappointment at work, the unexpected car repair, my aching joints, and on and on and on . . . until every burden is transferred from my shoulders to Yours.
Thank You for being my Burden-Bearer.
Tell God all that is in your heart,
as one unloads one’s heart,
its pleasures and pains, to a dear friend.
Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you.
[From Anytime Prayers for Everyday People. Copyright © 2006 Bordon-Winters LLC]