We have been taking about how and why we should cast our cares upon the Lord. The key to walking a life of peace is having a life of faith. Everything we do needs to be "in faith." Even the things we have done naturally in our own strength and we could now do blind-folded. We don't need faith to do them, we need faith so that the Father gets the glory in it. I don't need faith to comb my hair by I need faith to please the Father and give Him the glory.
Once I practice this in the small things that don't seem to matter it will be easier to stand in faith when the big issues or the crisis comes. We are out on a limb in big trouble if we get in the habit of trying to exercise faith only when we are in a crisis and place of extreme need. It is like telling the Father that we can handle this thing called life on our own and we will call on Him when we need Him. This is definitely not a life of faith.
Hebrews 4:2 ESV For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.
PRAYER KEY: God knows and understands our current need and our current position better then we do:
Our Father knows what we need before we ask. But we are still supposed to ask in faith. The cares of life are heavy. It is Scriptural to pray for strength while in trials, but it is unscriptural to pray for grace and strength to carry your load or cares. I have heard people pray this "Lord, give me strength to carry this burden I have been given." The Lord told us that we are to take His yoke upon us and that His burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
PRAYER KEY: The Bible is God speaking to us. We can and should cast all our cares upon the Lord because He cares for us affectionately. The Father watches over His Word to accomplish it.
Jeremiah 1:12 ESV Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it."
Do you need a good word from the Lord today? Then read your Bible and find out what God says about your situation. Ask the Lord to remind you to stand in the position of faith throughout the day.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.