Put it on the Altar

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Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7


When my son was young, he had a medical issue that was difficult to treat. As a young mother, I struggled with this in prayer and called out to God with all of my heart. In my mind during this prayer, I picked up my son and laid him on an altar for God’s will to be done. I was blessed a year later with a correct diagnosis and treatment for him. This experience taught me the value of casting all of my cares on God instead of trying to carry the load myself.

Casting everything to God means that we release Him to do His greater work. We let go of what we want and seek Him for what He wants for us. It’s a risk to live this way because we aren’t guaranteed that everything is going to happen in the way we want. Yet, we can experience the peace of God that calms our hearts and minds. Our faith is stretched leading to a greater capacity for spiritual maturity.

On the outside, it can seem that putting everything on the altar comes to us easily. However, learning to completely trust God is a process. As we learn to trust Him for smaller things, we will begin to trust for greater. Putting it all on the altar isn’t a type of forced resignation. It’s a choice we make based on what we know about God’s word.

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Putting our hopes, dreams, and prayers on the altar means that we accept the doors God opens and closes. We remain steadfast in our joy even we don’t get what we want because the Holy Spirit comforts us. He has a plan and purpose if we would only lay it all on the altar—holding nothing back.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I lay on the altar this concern that I’ve been carrying. I trust You to do what is best and help me to grow in my faith from this experience. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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