Have you ever been so exhausted you don’t think you can make it to the weekend? Has money been so tight, you don’t know if you can pay bills? Have you lost someone close to you? Are you always worrying about the unknown? Does life seem unfair?
If you’re anything like me, you could say yes to a few of those questions, if not all of them. Stress, worry, sadness, and so many other emotions are constantly trying to take away your joyful existence. Life is tough, and God promises that it will continue to be because of sin’s entrance into the world. As you conquer one problem, another one arises. It’s unfortunately inevitable. So how can you handle all that life throws at you? Well you’re in luck. I have one simple solution for you: pray.
Over the years, I have always struggled with giving things over to God. I want to be in control of everything in my life. I don’t want help figuring life out. But then it dawned on me.
I can’t heal my family and friends suffering from cancer. I won’t ever be able to conquer life 100 percent the way I want to. I will never have a peace about the future because the future will always exist. At one point, I realized I am worrying, stressing, and stealing my own joy in attempts to be more powerful than the Person who created me.
The enemy was strategically and specifically using my worry, stress, and unhappiness about my trials to distract me from God. And I let him time after time. Thankfully over time, I finally understood how much easier life would be to give these trials over to the Almighty God. Our God is fearless and strong. As a believer seeking God through prayer, we will become fearless and strong with Him by our side.
Have the bad things in my life dissolved because I started praying? Definitely not. Will they ever? Absolutely not. But these trials have definitely gotten easier to accept and overcome through prayer. Giving your requests up to God, who hears you, loves you, and fights for you, will give you a greater peace than anyone else—including yourself—ever could.
I challenge you to assess your praying. A great place to start this process is by reading Battle Plan for Prayer, a companion book the new movie War Room.
I urge you to read Battle Plan for Prayer, and I pray that every word will encourage you, cause you to evaluate yourself, and invoke a passion for prayer. Buy it for a friend that you know needs to rely on God through prayer as they go through a difficult trial.
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