I'd like to ask you something: How often do you pray?
The other day I was talking to someone about a challenging situation she was having. She shared with me some of the details, and was at wit's end as to what to do. I asked her if she prayed about it. The answer was "No."
How often do you and I find ourselves immersed in a difficult thing, trying to come up with a solution. We analyze it, dwell on it, lose sleep over it, all with the attempt to solve our dilemma. I'm convinced that's why we get gray hairs! And ulcers! We try to control our monstrous problems in our own strength and our own reasoning. But a lot of the times, if not most of the time, we fail. I can't count the number of times I failed at something because I tried to handle it on my own instead of relying on God.
I think some of us go on with our everyday lives, forgetting that we have a loving, mighty God who wants to help us. He knows what we are going through, and waits for us to call on Him.
Come to me, all who are burdened,
and I will give you rest. - Jesus - Matthew 11:28
He wants us to talk to Him in an ongoing basis, not just when we have needs, but in a desire to know Him better. Our Heavenly Father is the God of the universe, and has the resources to take care of all our needs. We limit our potential for greatness by trying to take care of things ourselves. He loves you and me so very much, and wonders why we don't call on Him more. He is ready to bless us and give us favor. All we have to do is reach out for Him.
Remembering to pray about everything is not easy, but possible. Start out with talking to God when you wake up. Give Him thanks for all He is doing in your life. Praise Him for who He is. Thank Him for your meals. When you have a decision to make, stop and ask Him for guidance and wisdom. Make a prayer list so you will remember what to pray about. And when you go to bed, talk to Him about your day. You will find yourself spending more of your time talking to Him, and it will be as natural as talking to a friend who is with you. And in the process, you will feel His presence closer to you than ever before. And just knowing that He is with you will bring you the peace you need to face those challenging situations.
Submit yourselves to God.
Come near to God
and He will come near to you. - James 4:7-8