"Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved" (Psalm 55:22)
Prayer was a priority in Jesus' life. He communed with His Father continually. In fact, prayer is an essential priority in the life of everyone mightily used by God - every person who is walking in the Spirit and living a holy life.
When our time alone with God is no longer a priority, we open ourselves to discouragement, doubt, disillusionment, and eventually disaster. When we no longer fellowship with Him, we begin to feel the spiritual, emotional, and physical weight of our earthly circumstances.
Prayer lifts up our burdens so that we don't have to bear their weight. Whether they are given to us by the Lord in order to teach us, or self-imposed as a result of the decisions we make, God tells us to cast our burdens upon Him. Bearing the weight of burdens we were not intended to carry not only takes a spiritual toll on us but leaves us physically and emotionally beaten as well.
satan knows that tired and weary Christians are prime targets for his attacks. First, he strikes with discouragement. When we lose hope, we are primed and ready for his next weapon - doubt. A doubting Christian can easily be pushed into discouragement. Listening to the devil's proclamations, "Where is God?" and "The Christian life doesn't work!" can breed disaster.
Therefore, prayer is not only a comfort in times of need; it is essential for your survival. It guided Jesus through His life. Let it guide you.
Lord, I am burdened by so many things. I am sorry for thinking I can carry these on my own. Please take them and walk me through each difficult situation.