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A Letter to God

Read Psalm 20:1-9

In your day of trouble, may the Lord be with you! May the God of Jacob keep you from all harm. May he send you aid from his sanctuary in Zion. May he remember with pleasure the gifts you have given him, your sacrifices and burnt offerings. May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans, May there be shouts of joy when we hear the news of your victory, flags flying with praise to God for all that he has done for you. May he answer all your prayers!

Psalms 20:1-5 (TLB)

When Muyiwa Benralph Olaiya, from the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria, was a teenager his father died, his university admission was unsuccessful, and he barely had enough food to eat. He was overwhelmed and struggled to pray. So Muyiwa wrote a letter to God, asking his heavenly Father to please take over. He read it a couple of times, tucked it into an envelope, and forgot about it. It seemed naive and silly to Muyiwa, and he wasn't sure God would listen.

Years later, Muyiwa found the letter, and he knew God had been aware of the sorrow in his heart all along. And as he looked back, Muyiwa could see all the ways God had been present in his life.

Sometimes we feel so beaten down by our circumstances that we struggle to tell God how we feel. It doesn't matter whether we write, mumble, or cry in God's presence - God hears! All we need to do is give our burdens to God and leave them in God's hands. When we worry continuously after handing our troubles over to God, we take back our burdens. It is important to trust God to handle our situation in God's time and way.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, hear the heart cry of those of us who are weary and in need of help and comfort, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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