Read Philippians 4:6
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. (NLT)
We so often talk about the importance and value of prayer but just as often stumble over it. For example, when a crisis or particular need arises, we may respond with anything and everything apart from prayer. We analyse, we dissect, we worry, we talk to others, we go over and over the situation in our minds. We consult books or go to the internet.
And when we really are at our wit’s end, we decide we better pray! So prayer becomes a sort of last minute option of desperation. Nothing else works so we might as well pray. We have exhausted all our resources so let’s see what resources God has to offer.
It is a considerable waste of time and energy. Perhaps if we first committed our situation to God when it first arises we may save some time and energy. It is not as if all we ever do is pray. We may well need to think and seek advice, read books or search the internet. But this can be done in the context of prayer. We entrust what threatens us to the God who cares for us. And we allow him to give us the wisdom to pursue the right responses.
The big or small things that cause us to shake and tremble have to be brought before our loving Father. Not because we can do nothing, but because anything we may need to do has to be sourced in his grace and wisdom. This is why prayer needs to be our first thought not our last resort.