The Upper Room Devotional 20th November 2023 —A Letter to God
Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for November 20, 2023 Message written by Muyiwa Benralph Olaiya (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.
TODAY’S TOPIC: A LETTER TO GOD
Muyiwa Benralph Olaiya (Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria)
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
In what ways can I pour out my heart to God?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NRSVUE)
When I was a teenager my father died, my university admission was unsuccessful, and I barely had enough food to eat. I was overwhelmed and struggled to pray. So I wrote a letter to God, asking my heavenly Father to please take over. I read it a couple of times, tucked it into an envelope, and forgot about it. It seemed naïve and silly to me, and I wasn’t sure God would listen.
Years later, I found the letter, and I knew God had been aware of the sorrow in my heart all along. And as I looked back, I could see all the ways God had been present in my life.
Sometimes we feel so beaten down by our circumstances that we struggle to tell God how we feel. It doesn’t matter whether we write, mumble, or cry in God’s presence — God hears! All we need to do is give our burdens to God and leave them in God’s hands. When we worry continuously after handing our troubles over to God, we take back our burdens. It is important to trust God to handle our situation in God’s time and way.
Heavenly Father, hear the heart cry of those of us who are weary and in need of help and comfort. Amen.
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