Sunday, August 18, 2013

Take It To The Lord In Prayer

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

The photo above was taken five months after Hurricane Katrina left nothing in a subdivision but slabs and pipes sticking up out of the slabs.  The human misery that was caused by this storm has been well documented.  In times like this, the message in the hymn below is of great comfort to Christians as they struggle to cope with the trials and sorrow that inevitably come in our short time on earth.  Christians can be certain that, no matter what burdens or troubles they may have, Jesus is there to provide solace and peace.  Trials and tribulations are a part of living in this world, and Christians experience unnecessary pain when they do not carry everything to God in prayer.  We should never be discouraged when we consider our eternal inheritance of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Brethren, praise God and be thankful for the privilege of being able to carry everything to the Lord in prayer.  Christians should be comforted as they reflect on the truth of the last two lines of this beautiful hymn and take all of their troubles to the Lord in prayer.

What a Friend we have in Jesus
Words by: Joseph M. Scriven

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

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