Over my lifetime, I have had many opportunities to counsel believers regarding struggles they were having with various sins that had burdened them. Often they will tell me they have prayed about the struggle and have asked God to help them overcome the sin several times, but the struggle does not go away.
We need to understand something about God. In our present world, people tend to be selfish. If they want something, they get it by whatever means necessary. However, God is a ‘giving’ God and not a ‘taking’ God even though He has the power to have whatever He wants.
In fact, God even gave is only son so you and I could have eternal life. Because He loves us, He will give us what we need. God does not give us everything we want. He does not spoil his children. He matures his children through showing genuine love.
God will not take our burdens away from without our permission. If we want God to take our burden away, we need to give it to him permission. He wants our permission to take the burden away from us. If we want to get rid of our burden, we need to give it to Him.
Frequently when God does not seem answer our prayers about sin, there are other sins associated with the burden. The sin could be the sin of pride or self-worth that prevents us from fully giving the burden to God. On the other hand, maybe we just enjoy entertaining the sin occasionally. Or maybe, it is an unhealthy habit that God is having us deal with.
If God is not answering your prayer regarding your struggle, we must examine our lives to determine if there is sin in our heart that prevents God from hearing our prayer.
Isaiah 59:1-2(NIV) says:
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
If God has hidden his face because of your sin, the first step to having your prayers heard is to be sure the lines of communication are open between you and God. In other words, you need to take care of the sins that are causing the bondage before we can be freed from the bondage itself.
If the communication lines between you and God are open, then you can give your burden to God knowing that He will hear your prayer. However, He is not going to take your burden away unless you give Him permission.
When you pray about your burden, give God permission to remove the burden. Every time you are tempted to sin, give it to God, and then thank Him for what he has done. Do not dwell on the sin, but rather on God’s answer to your prayer. It may be helpful to read passages of scripture that affirm God’s love for you and his promise to hear our prayers. On the other hand, read passages about Bible characters who have had similar burdens.
Do not be selfish; let God have your burden. Do not let it destroy your joy by being burdened with sin. Exchange your burden of sin with God’s burden: it is much lighter!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-29(NIV)
NOTE: All scripture used in this blog was downloaded from: www.biblegateway.com