Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with my mind spinning. There are thought of tasks to be done, responsibilities, obligations to others, and meetings to attend for the day ahead. I worry about anything and everything that just so happens to pop into my mind, until I worry that I can’t think of anything to worry about!
We can be in a position where we have so many people depending on us that it can be overwhelming. We do not feel strong enough to do all that needs to be done. We want to stand firm in our faith that God’s got this, but we can become so exhausted we begin to feel powerless. When we begin to feel this way, we must cry out for help and put our hope in the promises of God’s word, as the Psalmist says below.
“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.”
Psalm 119:147 NIV
When we wake early because our minds and hearts are unsettled, we can rest in the recognition of what our Father has promised us. He is with us and will never abandon us. He is power for us when we feel powerless. He is devoted to our growth so that we can live out our lives for His purpose. Listen, we don’t have to do everything! If we had to complete each day on our own strength, we would continuously fail over and over again.
When people say, “All we can do now is pray.”, it is as if we are placing prayer in the position of our last resort. But prayer should ALWAYS be our very first thought. This is something that must be learned, as the world around us does not see things the way we do. Many do not turn to prayer first when they are worried, tired, or defeated. But we know that prayer is our line of communication to our Savior, so why do we continue to pray last?
For our hope is in God and not in our own efforts. Prayer is powerful, and we should begin using it as our first response to anything – whether good or bad. When we pray, God gives us the strength to move mountains.
“Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!”
Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed.
“How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked.
Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.'”
Matthew 21:18-22 NIV