“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

Perhaps you never struggle with releasing situations, but I have and I do. Even though I have seen tremendous answers to prayer, at times I feel the Lord has forgotten where I live. I pray and pray and still cannot let go and wait when the answer does not come on my time frame.

I have two practical ways to help me do this. I have a red heart shaped plastic box which I bought at a craft store. After I have prayed and prayed over a situation and have reached a point of surrendering it to the Lord, I write the need on a piece of paper, date it and put it in the box.

This reminds me that the need is covered by the blood (red symbolic of the blood) and the need is in God’s heart of love.

When I am tempted to pick up the concern again I lift up the box and proclaim that He is working on what I have committed to Him. I do not allow myself to go over the details again or to get anxious.

The second technique I have used is to write the need on a helium balloon with the string wrapped around a brick. When I have prayed the situation through to a point of release (may take many prayer sessions) I hold the brick out in front of me. When it becomes too heavy to hold, the brick drops the string is released and off goes the balloon. I have a visual reminder that I have released the need to God as the balloon soars out of sight. I an point to this moment when Satan tries to get me to take the concern back, which as you well know he will try to do so.

Many of you reading this may have matured beyond this point.

© Peggy Park

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