that is basically our life …
Every single day of our life, we are lifting immense amounts of weight. Your job … family … marriage … mortgage … budget — all these things are on your shoulders as you roll over and sit up on the edge of your bed in the morning. And these are just the weights that always seem to be there. Say nothing of the things you don’t even know about yet that will define your day before it’s over. Sickness … tragedy … loss … temptation … failure. We meet them, bend at the knees and swing them up and onto our “broad” shoulders. We take a first beleaguered step, and then another and another.
We struggle to carry the weight, but many times we make it through the day. But then sometimes it buckles our knees, and sometimes it breaks us. And here’s the thing … If Jesus was standing next to us, He would be pleading with us to take the weight. He would be imploring us to give it to Him. He would tell us we were not designed to carry it. “It’s too much for you!” He would lovingly but emphatically say to us. “Please give it to me. I beg you!”
Here’s what Jesus says in Matthew 11:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Our typical response, if and when we decide to pray about or give our burdens over to God, is to ask Him for help. For all intents and purposes, we “share” the burden with God. We figure that we should at least carry part of it, but we could really use His help, so we pray for it. But this isn’t what Jesus is saying, and it isn’t what God wants. He wants ALL of it. He wants ALL of your weight, and He wants to exchange it for His.
What does Jesus’ burden and yoke look like?
Follow me and trust me.
Yep, that’s all He wants in exchange for EVERYTHING you’re carrying right now. He simply wants you to follow and trust Him. Now, that won’t always be easy, but it will always be far easier than what you’re trying to do now.
Pray (as Jesus tells us to)
So how do we do this giving God all our burdens thing? In one word … pray. But don’t pray as we always seem to pray. Don’t just pray for help. Pray as Jesus tells us to pray.
This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
Enjoy this week’s video. Feel the full weight of what you’re carrying right now. Then hand it ALL to God and accept what He hands back to you. Follow me and trust me. Pray daily (and multiple times a day) in the way in which Jesus told us to. And watch what happens in your life — to your burdens.