1 Peter 5:6-7
"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
I was recently speaking to a friend who was trembling with frustration over her life. She was feeling especially burdened by all the concerns she was carrying: illness, marriage failure, teenage problems, potential business failure, and a boot of personal problems. She said, "I just don't get it. I pray and pray and pray and my prayers go to the waste side unanswered. Does God even care?"
I felt a gentle nudge from God and answered, "Are you really praying to God for answers? Are you truly giving up your concerns as God wants you to? Or, do you have the absolute end in mind begging God to take you there swiftly?"
She quieted for the moment contemplating. I went on to explain that we usually carry personal prayer concerns with an answer in mind we expect when we pray. When we don't receive that answer we become frustrated, out-of-tune with our spirituality. We know what we want, and gosh darn it, we will keep praying until we get it! Such feisty beings he created.
Yet, Peter's admonition to cast our worries to God is based on the above verse: "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." I think we often get mixed up in reality. We feel the Puritan ethic at times and assume we must carry our fair share of the load for ourselves and others. However, Jesus, said his yoke was easy and light and with it we'd find rest for our souls. Did you catch that? Rest for ours souls! God promises peace when we offer our prayers to him! But first we must place our trust in his power and goodness. Casting our cares on him means we trust he will handle it despite the end result.
In order to cast our cares on him, we must trust in him completely. Otherwise, the sheer act of the prayer itself becomes tarnished. First, above all, you must realize that God can handle the problem better than you. Second, worry is unacceptable. Once you cast your prayers to God, he will give you a solution in time - his time. So be patient and realize once you do God promises peace!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding , will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)