I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.
–Psalm 120:1 NLT
Are you in the habit of sharing your issues with others first instead of God? It’s scriptural to have others pray on your behalf. However, many of your concerns can be brought to God without a middle person. You can take your troubles to the Lord and share them with Him privately. Afterward, if you’re still uneasy about something, then you can ask others to pray with you. God loves when His children seek Him first through prayer rather than seeking others first.
On the flip side, are there those who perpetually come to you with one urgent prayer request after the next? They’ve fallen into the habit of asking you to pray for them repeatedly? If so, perhaps the next time they ask you to pray, you can politely ask them if they prayed to God first.
People can easily form a pattern of running to others with all their troubles while overlooking the opportunity they have in seeking God first. Be watchful in becoming someone’s mini-god; instead, point them to the One who knows their troubles. If needed, teach them to pray. As they take their troubles to the Lord, you can share in the joy God brings them.
- Go directly to God’s throne today, and share with Him all your troubles.
- Ask the Holy Spirit who God would have you intercede for in prayer.
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