Life is stressful. It would be great if it weren’t, but I suppose it’s one of the realities of life that show us we aren’t God. We’re aren’t in control. We don’t know what may come in the next minute, day, week, or month. So we stress.
The question we need to ask is how do we respond to the things we’re uncertain about?
In Psalm 109, David is dealing with a stressful situation. He says:
Be not silent, O God of my praise! For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues. They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer. (Psalm 109:1-4)
David is under verbal attack. People are saying things about him that are either half true or not true at all. He says that he hasn’t done anything but love his people and this hatred is how they are repaying him. David doesn't know what will come of this situation. But notice his response. “I give myself to prayer.”
Our tendency is to respond to uncertain and difficult situations by fighting. We grit our teeth, dig our heels, clench our fists, and tell ourselves that we’ll figure it out and get through it. We’ll get to the bottom of the situation. We’ll prove we’re not who they’re saying we are. All the while, we're stressed out of our minds. But David simply prays.
Prayer is the great stress reliever. Why? Because prayer is us communicating to the God who stresses over nothing. There is nothing He is unaware of. There is nothing He is surprised by. In prayer, we give ourselves to Him and trust that He will bring that which will shape us more into His image and bring Him the most glory.
In stressful moments, days, weeks, and months, may God enable us to give ourselves in prayer.