The other day I was driving back from the grocery store after dark, alone. It was the perfect time to have an honest talk with God and unload some of the stresses with which I had been struggling.
But as soon as I started to pray, I thought, "You just heard about a former co-worker and mother of three young children in her early thirties who is dying of cancer. How can you be so ungrateful in complaining about your problems when so many people have it much worse?"
Yet my needs, even though they weren't as serious as this, were also pressing. What should my attitude be? I openly asked the Lord that question.
Philippians 4:6 came to my mind. We are told not to worry about anything, but to present all of our requests to God, with thanksgiving.
So there was the key. We all have needs, stresses, worries, troubles, and anxieties. Someone will always have it worse and someone will always have it better. The Lord welcomes us pour out our hearts to him for help and answers. Yet, our attitude will be much more balanced if we also express our thankfulness for all the blessings God has lavishly poured on us.
Some days we feel so defeated and hopeless about the troubles in our lives. Many of them are out of our control. But you have invited us to come boldly to your throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16) We cast our cares on you, because you care for us. (1 Peter 5:7) Help us not to be anxious, but with a thankful heart, bring our many prayers and petitions to you. We thank you that when we do this you have promised us peace in our hearts and minds. (Philippians 4:6,7)