“Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
(Psalms 55:22 NLT)

My secretary shared a portion of her lunch with me recently. When she first offered me the food I politely refused. She encouraged me again to take some of her food since it was good. I knew the food was delicious and I was hungry but again I politely refused. Finally she put a portion of her food on a plate and gave it directly to me and left the room. Of course now I could do nothing but receive the food and with gladness I ate the meal. This story reminds me of how we should come to the Lord in prayer. The Bible encourages us to pray. “Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” (Psalms 116:2) but often we ask God to take away a problem instead of giving it directly to him. We expect him to remove the difficult situation immediately but God is a gentleman and he waits for us to completely surrender our burdens to him rather than taking them from us.