Today’s guest blogger is Kathy R. Green. Kathy is an author and speaker with a passion for prayer and helping women leave the pains of their past. Since giving her heart to the Lord at the age of 10, Kathy immediately felt drawn to spend time with God. Her life has been transformed by the power of prayer. In 1996 God gave Kathy a mandate to teach His people how to pray and intercede for their loved ones. Since that time Kathy began writing and teaching on the subject of Prayer. She has authored two books – Pray-ers Bear Fruit, and Come, and she also leads a weekly prayer call for Shulamite Women magazine. Kathy and her husband Cliff have been married for 28 years. They have two adult children, a son-in-law and a granddaughter. For more information about Kathy, please visit her website at KathyRGreen.com.
“Cast you burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).” (Psalm 55:22 Amplified)
Keep it light!
The Lord spoke those words to my heart while praying for a dear friend in the midst of a difficult situation.
During a storm, circumstances have a way of appealing to our senses in a very real way. So staying light can seem like a challenge.
When we face tests and trials, some of us have a tendency to over-think or over-analyze the situation as we try to figure out a solution. But by doing so, we take upon ourselves the burden of resolving the issue, when coming up with a solution is not our concern or responsibility.
Through prayer, Jesus has extended to us an open invitation to bring our burdens to Him as often as necessary so that He can carry the load for us.
My husband and I enjoy going shopping together. Sometimes we’ll slip away in order to go to our favorite departments, but there are times when my husband waits patiently for me as I look around. During those times I can always count on him to reach out his hand and take my purse or whatever I’m carrying, so that I can move about feeling light and free.
A gentleman will always carry the heavy stuff for a lady. As daughters of God, our Father in Heaven wants to carry those things that are too heavy for us.
“If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to Me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from Me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
We can go to God in prayer with the weight of the world on our shoulders, and come out feeling light and free when we cast our burdens upon Him.
To cast something off means to throw it or fling it away.
Even if we have to do something practical to help remind us we are no longer carrying the load, we must do whatever it takes not to pick up the burden again.
So after we’ve prayed and given our burdens to the Lord, we can take another step and write the burdens we’ve released on a piece of paper, then ball it up and throw it in the trash, or burn it. This is how we disassociate ourselves from the burden.
Whenever I find myself dragging and feeling heavy or oppressed, I’m suddenly reminded that I have not cast my cares upon the Lord.
God doesn’t force us to unload our burdens on Him. He simply waits for us to come to Him. And when we do, He has promised to sustain us. That means He will hold us up and give us the support we need to come through the situation without falling or failing. Isn’t that wonderful?
Has a situation left you feeling heavy and burdened down? If so, take your burdens to the Lord in prayer. Let Him carry the weight of the situation for you. God wants you to master the art of keeping it light.
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