Worried thoughts swirl as I drink my morning coffee. Insecurity about work and big decisions, pressure to perform better, fear of upcoming hurdles, and the weight of trying to meet everyone’s needs. Jesus understands what it’s like to feel overwhelmed. He carried the weight of the world. And yet, He was completely victorious. So how can He help us overcome our daily struggles?
When I read through Scripture, I see Jesus constantly walking into people’s needs. He was always in a crowd healing people, teaching His 12 disciples, or transforming lives one-on-one. He was forever surrounded by people and constantly giving of Himself.
Sometimes I feel like that. Do you?
We have work responsibilities, kids, spouse, friends, church, parties, holidays, laundry, dishes, meals…repeat. When Jesus, fully God, but fully man, was exhausted like we are from serving, He purposefully withdrew from people and recharged with His Father.
“But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray” (Luke 5:16, ESV).
Why? Because it was there that the Father renewed His strength. Even Jesus needed the quiet, where He spent time just Him and His Father. He found everything He needed to keep going, keep serving, and keep loving.
I wonder what He prayed about. I imagine He probably spoke thanksgiving, requests, and offered surrender– an opening of His Spirit to be filled up for the next thing He needed to do.
I need that too. My soul needs a quiet place to recharge with God through prayer. I used to think asking God for help showed weakness, but after practicing prayer, it has become like breathing. Necessary and life-giving.
Sometimes I connect with God in the dark of the morning before the kids awake and life’s chaos begins. I ask God for help and energy before I get out of the covers. Other times I pray when I’m up against something big that I can’t navigate on my own. I go to my room, shut the door, and receive peace from God as I entrust the situation to Him.
Scripture asserts that “…though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
You guys, prayer is a weapon against darkness. It is one of the biggest shields we can stand behind against our negative or fearful thoughts. God didn’t abandon us in our paralyzing doubts or overwhelming stress. In Christ, we have divine power to take down every worry, lie, fear, insecurity. As we come to the Father through prayer, we affirm that God is in control and we can trust that He’s working where we can’t. He’s powerful in our weakness. He’s our peace in the chaos.
When I try to overcome my fears and challenges by my strength, or don’t make time to talk to God during the day, I get weary. I start to think victory depends on my effort, and frustration rises. I end up angry with the people I want to serve because I haven’t allowed God to fill me when I’m running low. My job is to give Him my stress and concerns through prayer, and to remember His goodness and provision by the Holy Spirit. My job is to give Him my stress and concerns through prayer, and to remember His goodness and provision by the Holy Spirit. Click To Tweet
Are you often weary, digging deeper and deeper into your limited reserve of energy? Or are you coming to Jesus each day to be refueled by His awesome power? I humbly recommend finding a special place in your home, away from others, to retreat when anxiety rises. He wants to be included in your life and fill you up with His love and strength daily.
Let’s talk about this! Where do you retreat to when you feel overwhelmed? How do you come near to God when the chaos rises? Comment below or connect with us on Facebook or Instagram to join the conversation.
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Christ’s grace has the power to change everything. We don’t have to strive, to compete or compare, or question whether or not we measure up. We’re enough because Christ in us in enough. The cross of Christ sets us free.