Pray Your Cares Away
No one can deny that we are living under incredible pressure. Sometimes life seems like one continuous deadline. With projects to finish, problems to face, and relationships to hold together, we can begin to feel like a firefighter trying put out a forest fire with a glass of water. These are challenging times. Stress related problems have become major in the United States. Americans consume over 60 million anti-stress tablets annually. Every hour, every day, on average, three persons commit suicide because they
cannot cope with stress. But what is true of the world does not have to be so for the person who has a relationship with the Heavenly Father.
The Father loves us and has made quite an investment in us. We are very special to Him. This is what Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount. “Do not worry what you will eat or drink or wear,” said Jesus. “Your Heavenly Father knows you have need of all these things. Besides, don’t you see how He takes care of the birds of the air and the grass of the field? If He takes care of such things, and you are far more valuable to Him than they, of course, He will take care of you!”
Instead of letting stress ruin your life, what could you do? In I Peter 5:6-7, we read these words: “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all of your care upon Him, for he cares for you.” The Amplified version translates verse 7 like this: “Casting the whole of your care (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” This is a special invitation from the Heavenly Father to allow Him to take care of our stressors for us.
The word translated “casting” literally means “to throw something.” God tells us to throw our problems upon Him. That is, push them away from us and let them land into His hands. Make Him responsible for them. That is why He has given us His Word. And that is what prayer is for.
He invites us to cast “all.” That means, He wants every one of our problems; every type—personal, family, financial, physical, spiritual, emotional, cares for the present, cares for the future. Why? He cares for us! In the Greek text, the word, “cares,” is in the “present tense, active voice and the indicative mood.” The present tense means that the action is ongoing without stopping. The active voice means the Lord Himself is the Agent causing the action. The indicative mood means that what is being said is not speculation, or a mere possibility. It is a current fact. Put all of these ideas together and we conclude that the Heavenly Father Himself, and not any one less than He, is actively involved all the time, without stopping, in caring for us. And this is no mere conjecture; this is a fact that you can rest for sure upon!
So there you have it. Instead of letting stress ruin your life, you can pray your cares away! Let God handle them. He is far better equipped than you to do so. Your Heavenly Father cares for you. He really does.