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Monday, April 11, 2011

31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

— Matthew 6:31-34

Trust in Christ is the antidote to anxiety, the resolution of worry. Trust is the destruction of fear. Here's what I mean: Trust is the act of my will to give my burdens to God. And trust is like a muscle. As you do it, you get stronger. 

You say, “James, I gave my burdens to God and I got them back like in nine minutes.” Well, time to pray again. Prayer is the transaction that transfers the burden to God. And the reason why so many of God's people are so concerned with anxiety is because they're so poor at prayer.

After transferring the burden to God in prayer, trust is the moment-by-moment walking forward with that burden resting on God until I sense that I am taking it for myself again. Then back to my knees, burden back to God, on my feet again, trusting again. I choose to trust—leaning back completely on God.

In Isaiah 41:10 is a promise you and I can take to heart: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Pick up a piece of God's Word trust it as you move along.

You say, “James, I'm so burdened about my children.” Isaiah 43:6b-7 is a great children’s passage assuring us that God “will bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by my name.”  If you're heavy-hearted about your children, get on your knees, transfer the problem to God, and trust in His promises. How clear can that be?

These thoughts are for nothing if you don’t, alone, on your knees, cry out to God about your burdens. Not just intellectually going, “Yeah, that should happen,” but actually happening—today. You, praying to God, "I can't carry this anymore. You didn't make me to carry this. This is too much for me. I can't bear the weight. I'm giving it to you, God. I'm choosing to trust." —James MacDonald


  • What specific situation in my life do I need to offload to God in prayer and then continue to walk in trust?


Lord, I’m making the choice in this moment to trust You with this matter that is on my mind. I’ve carried it long enough and I haven’t done all that well under the load. You’ve promised to take care of it, so I’m going to let You. When I get up from this prayer, I want to walk by faith. Remind me to get back on my knees if I pick up that load again on the road of life! In Your name, Jesus. Amen.

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