Pop the stress balloon

The Lord appeared to Solomon and said: “I have heard your prayer…if my people will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered”  2 Chronicles 7:12, 14-15 (NIV)

There are times that we really don’t feel like prayer changes or affects things. If I’m convinced of that, then why don’t I talk to God more? Sometimes I know I get too caught up in the busyness of my daily routine. I resort to worry, stress, to-do lists, and racking my brain to figure out ways to get it all done, smooth out all problems, rehearse why I’m angry at someone…

It’s like a balloon that inflates with the building pressures inside my head. I may slowly let out some of the build-up with quick chats with God. But I can’t seem to pop that sucker till I really sit down alone with my Lord and give Him my undivided attention. The issues at hand become my main concern. BUT, His main concern isn’t solving my issues. His concern is that I am depending on Him.

There was a high school coach trying to get his key player recruited by colleges. He sent out tapes of games, called coaches, and searched the internet for schools (all things a good high school coach should do). He started to feel sorry for his player because he knew her hard work and abilities merited a college scholarship. Finally, after his stress balloon has bulging out of control, he sat down to some long conversations with God. Handing Him the situation. The hard part was to leave the results to God. Two days later another high school coach, out of nowhere, called him about 3 college coach friends of his that would be very interested in the player.


Heavenly Father, remind me to stop the busyness of tasks and the stress of brain-racking, long enough to have unhindered talks with You. Then join me in those tasks and brain-racking. Thank You for the blessings that will follow. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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