Casting all Your Cares to God

May 17, 2015   I Peter 5:5 -11     Prayer  Giving our cares to God. 

 

     There are several great prayers in the bible and we can’t spend much time on them now but I read this one from Daniel this week.    “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant.   For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.    Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.   Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act!    For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”   I have heard many people pray and ask God to help someone because they are so good.  Daniel says we do not pray because we are righteous.   He prayed on the foundation of God’s mercy.   I often pray God you paid a great price for us on the cross and answer this request for your sake.  Daniel also prayed fervently.   Lord listen, Lord forgive, Lord hear and act!   Answer me quickly the Psalmist prayed.    Psalm 70:1 Hasten O God to save me O Lord come quickly to help me. 

    Two weeks ago we talked about abiding in Jesus and I wanted to share a couple of quotes from the book Secrets to Powerful Prayer.   Being vitally united to God will bring you to the place where all you ask will be granted because when you are in full union with Him everything that is in you comes from Him.  When you vitally united with Him you’ll want what He wants.  You’ll have in your heart what he has in his heart.  Therefore your prayers will be his prayers and you can be sure He will answer every prayer that originates with Him.   That makes good sense!   God would never initiate a prayer He does not intend to answer.  The prayer that comes from Him will be finished in Him.    Prayer is God’s idea.  Answered prayer is God’s idea not man’s.  God invites us to pray.  God wants us to pray even though God knows our needs before we ask him.  We are commanded to pray. 

    Sally bullying issue.  Neighbor work    We need to be a people of prayer.  Satan want sot destroy our prayer life.   

    One of Satan’s great tools is to get us to worry.   When we worry we do not walk in faith.  When we do not walk in faith our prayers become less effective.   We want to be a people of prayer.   We do not want to spend more time worrying than praying.   Some people worry a lot and pray little.   Did you hear the story about the guy who hired someone to work for him?   He offered him a nice salary of 100K per year.   His job was to worry for him and deal with his problems.   Someone ask him how he was going to pay the guy and he said that is for him to worry about.   

    Jesus understood and spoke about worry in Matthew 6.   In verse 25 Jesus said “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.   Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes?     27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?    28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.      31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’   34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.

     Brothers and sisters we can find ourselves worrying about our health, our families, about money, and about how things will turn out and Jesus said God knows all of our needs.   When I worry I am not praying and I am not trusting God.   When I worry I am not giving thanks.  We need to be a people of faith and prayer.  Worry does not produce joy, peace and faith.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 that God is aware of our needs.  Jesus gives us a picture of God’s character here that God is gracious and is caring.   We get a picture here that God watches us.   God is aware of everything in our life.   He is more aware than we are.   I Peter tells us to cast all our care on God. 

      I need to take my worries and put them in the hands of someone who can do something about them.  I do not just ignore them but many of the issues that we think about we do not have any control over.   It has been said that over 90% of the things that we worry about we have no control over.   Through prayer we can take our concerns and worries and cast them on the Lord.  He invites us to do that.  God tells us to do that.  God wants us to do that.  It is for our good.

     We can cast all our care and worries on the Lord.   Why should we do that?   Well God is not going to forget about them.  When God has them it is not dependent upon my memory which is not getting better as I age.  If you are counting on me to remember something you find yourself disappointed.   God is not a man and I am so glad.   It is not giving my concerns to someone who does not care about me.  God cares deeply about me.   It is not giving my concerns to someone who cannot help me with them.  God has the power, wisdom and ability to deal with my concerns.  As you really think about this the smartest thing you can do is to give them over to God.   The stupid thing is for me to fret and worry and yet that seems to be my choice at times.   The Psalmist in Psalm 139 says God you know my thoughts long before I think them.  You are around me.   You are thinking about me.   Your thoughts toward me are more than the grains of sand on the sea shore.  God is involved in our life. 

      God has given us great promises that we can rest in.   God has done his part on this.   We are the ones who have the problem.  In the book secrets to powerful prayer says when we pray we need to have a genuine transaction with God.  We go the scriptures and see what God says and we come before God knowing His word and knowing he keeps his promises and we cast that concern on God.   We can go away from meeting God in joy and peace and then something comes in our path and we begin to worry and get concerned again.   The Lord knows we need reassurance.  So we go back to the bible and we go back to our prayer and giving it over to God.   We then find reassurance.  As someone once said we do not keep digging up the old bone and chew on it.  We roll it on God and we walk by faith.  The trial of your faith is precious in God’s eyes.   My faith is tried.  I struggle with believing God to work in other people.   I am glad that it is precious in God’s eyes.  My trial of faith is noticed by God and it is treasured by the Father.  God treasures my struggle.  I think that is pretty amazing. 

    Philippians 4 tells us do not be anxious but pray about everything and what happens?   God’s peace which transcends everything will guard your heart and your mind.   Pray about everything.  You unload it to God.   Did you ever have someone unload their burdens and problems to you?   God tells us to unload it to him.  You tell God about it and then you pray and give it to him.  When you give it to him it is His not yours.  It is insulting to give something to someone and then take it back.  How often have done that to God?  We need to roll things on God and leave them with him.  Thank you lord you are working on that issue.   We need to help each other to be strong in faith.

    I was with a person this week and we prayed and asked God to move on a situation and later we prayed again and the same requests were prayed all over again.  So I said to him we need to be thankful.   We need to understand that God has heard our request.  We need to exhibit some faith.   That is where Satan will drills right into our life.     We may pray many times about something but we need to be thankful also.      Satan hits our faith.     It is not vain babbling.  Sometimes God may not want you to pray over it again and again.   God wants you to believe him.  I believe it is OK to pray over and over again if God has burdened your heart that way.  We must be led by the Holy Spirit. 

    It is about God and God wants to see our faith.  The book suggests that we pray and then give thanks and then the peace of God floods our soul.  We are not really good at getting to the point where God’s peace floods our soul because we rush praying and do not connect with God.  Praying is a process.  I think there is a labor of faith.   We need to get to the place where we know God has heard us and he will respond to our request. 

    We like quick answers to our prayers and we want to walk in faith.   We would like to go up to the mountain and say be cast into the sea.  Jesus said you could tell the mountain to be cast into the sea.   But what if 25 people are on the mountain?   What if God does not want it to be cast into the sea?   Does that make a difference?  What about the tidal wave from the splash?  If God told us to cast the mountain into the sea that is another story.  A lot of people blow their faith away.   Sometimes we just jump into something.  I am working with a situation and I would like and I believe that God wants the person to repent of some things.   I know it is God’s will for them to repent and to change.   Seems like that is an easy prayer to deal with right?   

    King Nebuchadnezzar had to eat grass for 7 year before he knew that God was in heaven.  He had seen some great things.  He had seen Daniel tell him his dream and its interpretation.   He had seen God protect the 3 Jewish lads from the fire.  But he still did not get it. God had to do some drastic work in his life.    So I can believe that God will bring them to repentance but the timing and the steps that they will go through is another thing.  Some have gone out on the night to visit and witness and they go to a person’s house who they know are unsaved.   God is not willing that any should perish so they claim their salvation that night.

     Folks that may not happen.  Then they say God did not answer my prayer.   God did not keep his word.  What a stab to God.  A lot of people burn their faith by not being wise in their prayers.  We can cast our care upon the Lord and the next day something good happens and we think wow God is answering my prayers.   Then the next day something bad happens and our faith dies.   In a couple of situations I am in I know there will be some bad days.  Change is a process and it certainly is not always uphill.     Prayer is a process I believe.  To pray the prayer of faith we must know what the will of God is.   We need to study the bible and seek God’s will.   Lord how do you want me to pray in this situation?   We are his servants. We need to be moved by the Holy Spirit.  

    We can be selfish in our prayers and not very discerning.    One of the movies I think it was Bruce Almighty and Jim Carey is given the power like God.  At one point he is told that he has a lot of prayers that he needs to address.  He sees a huge number of people who are praying that they may win the lottery and so he says everyone in the city wins.  The payout is like 50 cents or a buck.   Some folks come up to a light that is green and pray Lord hold that light green till I get through but perhaps someone else is waiting to get to the hospital.   One farmer may pray that it will rain because he just got s his crops planted and another farmer prays it won’t rain because he is still planting.   One person prays it will rain so his lawn stays green and another prays it won’t rain because they are having an outdoor wedding.  

    We can grow in our walk with the Lord where we command something to be done by faith.  In Jesus name you will be healed.  In Jesus name God is going to give you that baby or job.  It is like telling the mountain to be removed.  In Secrets to powerful prayer they mention an illustration of that.  A traveling minister was several miles from home and received a message that his daughter had an abnormal growth in her eyes and there needed to be an immediate intervention to correct it.   The minister preached on divine healing and their whole family never had to go to the doctor.   You would think that he would immediately go into prayer about it but he did not.  He dismissed it from his mind finishing his preaching schedule for the day.   Then at night he would sleep for an hour or so and then get up and pray and review scriptures on healing.  He would read and meditate and then sleep and then read and meditate and sleep.  His heart was filled with faith.  He cursed the growth and told it to go and sent a message to his daughter telling her it is done and the growth disappeared.   Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.  Casing all your care on him for he cares for you.