“I am the LORD, the God of all the people of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, NLT)
Joseph M Scriven’s “What a friend we have in Jesus” is one of the inspiring and educative hymns in the body of Christ. It talks about our relationship with Jesus Christ and the privilege we have to take our needs, burdens, trials and temptations, etc to Him. In stanza one, he said
“Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!”
God desires to have deep, rich and satisfying relationship with us because it is basic requisite or fundamental to receiving supernatural breakthrough in whatever we do. The secret is that the more we talk to, or interact, with him, the more we know him. And the more we know him, the more we do things that please him (like living holy lives and walking by Faith). In other words, we walk/live by believing that He is more than able to do what He promises during our talk or interaction with him.
We talk to God through prayer. Prayer is a major ingredient to growing our relationship with God. As we talk to Him, bringing everything (including our major and minor decisions) to him, He guides with His word as to what steps to take to get successful results. But often, we ignore this privilege. We prefer to talk to our neighbours, pastors, friends, family, etc to find out what they think about our situations and the result is that we become more confused with the answers or suggestions they provide because they don’t know us more than ourselves. The only person who knows us more than ourselves is God. The scripture says that “Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began” (Psalm 139:16, HCSB)
In the New Testament, Jesus added that the very hairs on our heads are numbered. In effect, it is unwise to talk to man (people) about your problems, difficulties, etc when it is evident that they don’t know you more and can’t offer any better solution(s) than your Creator.
Give a thought about the following and see how you can connect them:
- “I am the LORD, the God of all the people of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, NLT) emphasis added
- Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NLT) emphasis added
- “Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!” emphasis added
Is anything too hard for me?
The common answer is No because we believe God, the Creator of the Universe, is Omnipotent God. He can do all things and doesn’t need anyone’s permission to act. He is who He says He is, and What He says He is. Nobody can challenge His supremacy.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
If you believe, like I do, that nothing is too hard for Him, then you don’t have to worry about anything. Instead of worrying, Pray. You choose prayer over worrying because you believe that as you talk to God about your needs, He will do it. God would never give you a cheque ( or a promissory note) that would be dishonoured because of insufficient funds. In other words, He would never promise what He doesn’t have or more than what He has. His resources are insatiable to meet your satiable needs. Therefore, if His Word tells you not to worry about anything but Pray about everything, it means that He is able supply or meet every need you have.
In Mark 11:24, Jesus said “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (KJV). Notice Jesus didn’t put restriction on what you should pray for, and I believe this is a great privilege for us in the body of Christ.
“…All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!”
The question now is why do we worry and carry loads of burdens, hopping from one door to another seeking for help?
The answer is that we often miss the basic part; we pay little or no attention to our relationship with God. It is easier for us to get on social media (whatsapp, facebook, twitter, etc) to talk to friends throughout the day than to talk to God. We get time for social events but struggle to get time for Church activities. We can read novels in days but find it difficult to spend 30 minutes studying His Word. We can talk on phone for hours but struggle to pray to God for 30 minutes. We spend quite substantial amount in changing our wardrobes in a year but spend less in buying materials that will help our Spirit to grow and draw us closer to God. Your relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, should come first in whatever you do. Spend your resources (including time and money) in building your relationship with God.
When your relationship with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, is solid, you will talk to him about everything because you Trust Him. As you continue doing that, the Scripture says that “your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3, NLT)
You have borne your pains, disappointment, failures, hurting, sickness, sins, mistakes, and fears among other for so long. It is time to talk to the Lord. All things are possible with Him and He is faithful. You must tell Jesus today