Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Philippians 4:6).
Speaking for myself, I am very hesitant to share everything that is bothering me with other people. In my mind I think, “They probably aren’t interested anyway.” I may consider their situation in thinking, “They have enough to deal with without hearing my problems.” Besides, I do not want others to think I am whining. After all, I am too old to whine! Maybe you think along these lines, also.
One thing is sure- we all need someone to share our burdens with. It is also sure that we want to share those burdens with someone who is trustworthy and caring towards us. There is no one better to share our burdens with than our Heavenly Father.
A very old hymn of the church includes the following timeless words:
What a friend we have in Jesus; All our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry; Everything to God in prayer.
Oh, what peace we often forfeit;
Oh, what needless pain we bear;
All because we do not carry;
Everything to God in prayer.
Does God care? I Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.” Actually, we need to look no further than the Cross to know that God cares. Furthermore, He cares about whatever concerns us.
With our hearts we need to listen to the words in Philippians 4:6: “Let your requests be made known to God.” This means we can talk to Him about anything. Also, we can trust Him to not go and tell everyone else what we spoke to Him in private. This is good news for all of us.
The next time we wonder if we should take something to the Lord, we need to remember that He is absolutely our best friend. If it concerns us- it concerns Him.
Dave Snyder is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God – Cleveland, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry on a full-time basis, he was a school teacher. He also coached middle school basketball for eight years.
Dave and his wife, Sara, have two children — Craig and Karen. They also have one ten year old granddaughter — Breanna.
Dave and Sara pastored in West Virginia for thirty-six years. Sara is now retired from the banking industry, and Dave is retired from pastoring. However, Dave currently serves as prison Chaplain for the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Writing essays, articles, and devotionals is a real passion for Dave. He also enjoys playing musical instruments and singing.