I complain and groan morning, noon, and night, and He hears my voice. Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
— Psalm 55:17,22, HCSB
When in trouble, we too often go for help to our brethren, who are no wiser nor stronger than ourselves; but if we would go to Jesus, if we would take our troubles to Him in prayer, we should find rest, and peace, and courage. The wisdom that God gives is unerring; His strength is sufficient for all our needs. Let us lay our burdens at the feet of Jesus, and according to His promise, He will take the weary load, and encircle us in the arms of His love.
The reason that we do not realize greater help is because there is lack of earnest, fervent devotion. Jesus reproved the Pharisees for drawing near to God with their mouth, and honoring Him with their lips, while their hearts were far from Him. “God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” We must have a deep, earnest sense of our needs. We must feel our weakness and our dependence upon God, and come to Him with contrition of soul and brokenness of heart. Our petitions must be offered in perfect submission; every desire must be brought into harmony with the will of God, and His will must be done in us. We must not pray in a doubting, half-hearted manner, but with full assurance of faith. When we come to Him in this manner, Jesus will listen to our prayers, and will answer them; but if we regard iniquity in our hearts, if we cherish any darling sin, we may be assured that no blessing will be given.
Faith takes God at His word, with or without feeling... We can believe our fellowmen, and can we not trust the word of God? When we go to Him for wisdom or grace, we are not to look to ourselves to see if He has given us a special feeling as an assurance that He has fulfilled His word. Feeling is no criterion... How do I know that Jesus hears my prayers?—I know it by His promise. He says He will hear the needy when they cry unto Him, and I believe His word.
“...this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” Talk to your heart constantly the language of faith: “Jesus said He would receive me, and I believe His word. I will praise Him; I will glorify His name.”
— Bible Echo and Signs of the Times, September 24, 1894
Lay your burdens at the feet of Jesus. Claim His promise that He will take your weary load and encircle you in the arms of His love.
Feel your weakness and your dependence on God. Come to Him with contrition of soul and brokenness of heart, then pray in full assurance of faith.
Offer you petitions in perfect submission; bring every desire into harmony with the will of God that His will may be done in you.
Talk to your heart constantly the language of faith: “Jesus said He would receive me, and I believe His word. I will praise Him. I will glorify His name.”