But as for you, O Israel, you are mine, my chosen ones; for you are Abraham's family, and he was my friend. I have called you back from the ends of the earth and said that you must serve but me alone, for I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, I am your God. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41: 8-10 (TLB)
Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. 1 Peter 5:7 (TLB)
As a high school student, Olivia Orr, from Arkansas, is used to coming home and hearing the same question from her parents; "How was your day?" Olivia usually responds with something superficial like "good" or "fine." She tends to keep the details to herself because she feels like they're not worth sharing. Olivia often forgets that her parents don't ask because they want to hear an exciting story. Rather, they ask because they care about her.
Olivia notices this tendency in her prayer life too. She often neglects to tell God how she is doing because she feels that her struggles are insignificant compared to the hardships others are experiencing around the world. But when she does this, she ignores the fact that God wants a relationship with her. God wants to know what's causing her pain or what's weighing on her heart. God even wants to hear about her day.
First Peter 5 encourages us to cast our anxieties on God because God loves us and wants to hear our personal thoughts and struggles. This isn't to say that we shouldn't pray for the world or other people. We are also called to love others and pray for them.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for your never-ending love. Help us to trust that you want to hear our thoughts and concerns, in Jesus' name. Amen.