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Praying for big and little needs

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This morning I read a friend Lori Hatcher 's blog called "Is it wrong pray for little needs?" I was just praying intermittently for my children to love God, for the poor in Africa, for our Compassion Sunday this week, and for my social media/publicity needs, and I was feeling guilty about how and why I pray. I know that God doesn't judge me for making prayer requests. He wants to hear them, and He wants to answer them. The crux of the issue is my heart. Do I want what He wants? Do I desire His kingdom? Or am I focused on building mine, making my little family kingdom more comfortable and less stressful? Do I pray because I want to spare myself pain and hardship or because I want God to use my hardships to advance His kingdom? God, I lay my anxieties and concerns at your feet. I trust you completely with them. Help me to not take these worries back from you today. Amen. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.-- 1 Peter 5:7

How to cast away your cares

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Dear Lord, Today has been really stressful. I'm reminded on Peter's advice to the church in 1 Peter 5:7: "Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." I'm looking up the meanings in this verse, and with your help, I want to really "cast my anxiety on you." I'm not being critical, but this sounds way easier than it it. Here's what I found out (which you already know): The idea of "cast," which is epiriptō  in Greek, means  "to throw out, throw on, throw down." In other words, chuck it! Heave it far from you. Lord, I think you're serious about this casting  thing. Then Peter uses 2 different words for "care" in this little verse:  merimna,   melei. The first (a noun) means "anxiety; distraction, cares, anxiety pertaining to earthly things"; the second (a verb) means "to care about, have regard for." So here's my prayer--my deep soul-hungering prayer that is despera