Someone recently told me how they were experiencing a problem with their I Phone not charging, and talked with an Apple employee inside the store about fixing it. The employee explained how they had to blow some air with a machine in the area where the charger goes into the phone.
"I could do that." This person thought and then asked the employee if they should just blow it out themselves. The employee then said,
"Give it to me, because if you do it and something happens you're responsible. If we do it and something happens then we're responsible."
It's kind of the same thing when we choose to pray about something, because the truth is you don't have to pray about it. You don't have to give it to God. To be honest most of the time we try to do things on our own, but is that really the best thing to do?
No, because that's how worry creeps into our lives. Think about it, we try to do things on our own, which causes us to carry that burden. We become the one responsible for the outcome, and it stresses us out in the process.
I don't know about you, but I've wasted countless hours worrying about things, and I refuse to do it anymore. There is a better way and it's to pray about it.
Sounds really simple right, but do you know that most folks I talk to don't pray about their heavy burdens?
In other words, most of us muscle our way through life, or any situation for that matter, and that allows worry, stress, anger and a whole host of other nasty things to come into our lives.
What else can we do? Of course, pray about it, but that's not all. We need to learn how to release our burdens onto the Lord, or cast them as scripture says.
Years ago I was going through a really hard time and trying to handle some things on my own, then I came across this verse,
Cast your burden on the Lord,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
(Psalm 55:22 New King James Version)
I remember seeing that verse in the Bible and couldn't believe it was really in the Bible! It was just a huge revelation to me when I realized that God literally wants my burdens! He wants to hear about my struggles, my troubles, and all those things that tend to keep me up at night.
God is basically saying,
"Give it to Me. Tell Me about it, talk to Me about it, cry to Me about it, shout to Me about it, and when you're all done give it to Me! And I promise I'll work it out for you!"
Worry is such a waste of time, so today why not practice casting your burdens onto the Lord by praying about it and then releasing them.
Think, "Pray and Release!"
So, share your heart and then release it to Him. After that don't let it bother you anymore!