The Price of Prayerlessness


imageForsaking prayer is costly to a person’s well-being. Those who will not make time every day for God are on a slippery slope. They slide through weariness, discouragement, and doubt, only to land in a damaging situation.

Certain situations take an emotional, physical, and spiritual toll, which are called burdens. Such low points can wear us out if we try to“ a endure them alone. But God does not intend for that weight to fall on our shoulders. In fact, the Bible commands that those loads be cast upon Jesus Christ.

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22).

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).

Remember, He is doing all the work to straighten out your circumstances anyway. So there’s no point in both Him and you carrying that weight.

Hauling all our worries and cares around is wearying because we are not built for such loads. In God’s design, His strength fills the believer to capacity. Picture Jesus’ shoulders just above your own — with Him bearing your problems. The burden does not disappear, but it feels blessedly lighter when you hand it over to the Lord.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).

(Excerpt from “In Touch Ministries”.)

~Kyla Frautschy

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