Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
My phone lit up very early one morning at 5:15 with an incoming text message that was an urgent prayer request for someone’s son who was in the ICU in critical condition with congestive heart failure.
Another lady stopped me in the church lobby on Sunday morning and with tears in her eyes asked me to put her brother and sister-in-law on our prayer request list, they are not saved and do not seem to have any interest in spiritual matters. I encouraged her to keep praying and never give up hope.
I am the designated person in our Sunday school class who writes down all the prayer requests as they are shared and then sends them out in an email to the class every Sunday evening.
Every week there are prayer requests that include family and friends with varying degrees of cancer and other diseases and illnesses. Every week there are prayer requests for ongoing troubling issues in the lives of family and friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Every week we pray. We keep praying. We don’t know what God will do and we don’t even fully understand the mystery of prayer. But when someone has an urgent prayer request, they are thankful there will be people praying. They are thankful they are not alone in this.
We have a great privilege in sharing our burdens with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we cherish their prayers for our individual circumstances. What a great comfort are the words in scripture which admonish us to bring our burdens to Him and to cast all our cares on the Lord. We can take all things to Him in prayer.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.