Prayer Not Pressure

by Araceli (Sally) Cardenas

by Araceli (Sally) Cardenas

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

(Matthew 6:25-27, 34 NIV)

I reached out to my niece Meagan knowing she was carrying a lot on her shoulders from school and work, plus the weight of a family business that consumes her and her family relentlessly with the demands to keep up.

I reminded her in my voice message that I was praying for her not to give up on graduate school, reminding her that what she is doing in addiction studies is important work. I ended my message by sharing one of God’s promises.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

A few moments later, she responded with a text that captured the heart behind my message and the title of this devotional. She wrote, “Prayer Not Pressure.”

Like Meagan, we all carry so much on our shoulders, facing demands of our own. We turn to each other, hoping to find rest, an answer to our problems, a lifeline to carry us through. We scroll social media, binge-watch Netflix, and distract ourselves to numb what we all feel just to keep up with life.

At times, we try to encourage one another with catchphrases like, “You can do it.” “You’ve got this.” But it always feels empty. The restless nights carry on. The tension in our shoulders never goes away. The “what-if” scenarios strike us down when we think we have an answer. Apostle Paul describes the pressure with words that still ring true today.

“We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are knocked down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 New English Translation NET)

If this is you today, I pray the challenges you face will take you back to God’s Word, where Jesus poses a question that each of us is confronted with to answer today, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Truth be told, no one can. Jesus understood this and gave us practical examples we can all relate to on how He provides for us and how He cares for us. He reminds us of His love and compassion as His children here and now. Long before the troubles you face today, He knew we would be tempted to worry about tomorrow, the next day, and so on. Yet, in His wisdom, He taught us how to approach each day.

“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:25-27, 34)

Maybe, like Meagan, we can turn to each other and give each other the gift of His Word. We can remind each other to pray over everything, in every situation, in every circumstance, regardless of the outcome. No matter what we face or how pressured we feel, let our default response be “prayer, not pressure” as we navigate this life in God’s strength.

Truth for Today

“We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair; we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 New English Translation NET)

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  1. Thank you for the life-upholding truth. God is completely faithful. He is able to keep us, and He always does what He says He will do.

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    • Yes, He does. Amen to this truth, Teresa.

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  2. Powerful reminders from God’s Word. He is all we need!

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  3. Amen, thank you for such a timely word. God is good.

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