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#Life's Lessons: When You Can't Stand it... Kneel.

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

Sometimes life can be a challenge. When it becomes more than you can bear, fall to your knees and call the Lord for help. We cannot carry the burdens alone. As we cannot carry the burdens alone, neither can our churches carry them alone either. We need each other to pray for one another and help carry the burdens in the heat of the day. The work goes faster and is easier to carry. I want to encourage you to pray to the Lord our God. Seek His face for your troubles.

I don't know what makes us try to carry our cares. The Word of God tells us to cast all our cares on Him, for He cares for us (1 Timothy 5:7). God will allow us to go at it our way until we are exhausted of our strength and power. Then we finally get it when we can't stand it any longer...we kneel. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you (James 4:10).

When we look to the Word of God from the Old Testament and the New Testament, there are examples to live by again and again through the lives of real people who lived and have left their testimony for us, with a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. The power of prayer is your staying power. The pressures of life can be tremendous, and the weight of it can be unbearable. But when you humble yourself and call out to the living God, He hears you and will answer you.

Remember the widow of Zarephath in the Book of 1 Kings 17:7-16? She was in dire straights. She was a widow providing for herself and her son when the land was in a terrible national drought. She was down to her last bit of flour and oil when God sent the prophet Elijah by her way. They both had a need; food was that need, and without it, they would die. But God sent the man of God with specific instructions for her to follow if she and her son were to live. It was up to the widow to determine if she would believe the words of the prophet Elijah or if she would die in unbelief. She believed and obeyed the words sent by God through the prophet, and God showed supernatural provision for her, her son, and the prophet. The flour and oil never ran out. He hears you, and He cares. Prayer is your connection to God.

The most significant aspect of prayer is to believe that God exists and that when you seek Him, He will answer you. The Book of Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Mediate on God's Word, and you will find peace (Isaiah 26:3). Go into your room privately and pray to God (Matthew 6:6). He will reward you openly. Finally, whatever is true, noble, right, pure, and lovely, whatever is of a good report; think on these things (Philippians 4:8). May God strengthen you in this season of your life; you can do all things through Christ Jesus, who strengthens you. Remember, seasons come and go, and surely this one shall also. Don't give up; God is with you, and He will keep you (Read Deuteronomy 31:8).

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