May 17, 2022

The Art of Casting our Burdens on the Lord

1.Read Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (ESV)

2.Study Psalm 55:22

If you are an avid fisherman, then you know there is an art to “casting”. Casting is the act of throwing bait or a lure using a fishing rod, reel, and line. The method of casting can vary but in each case the object of casting is to get he bait or lure to where the fish are. This skill is one that can be perfected and any fisherman person who wants to be good at casting will spend time practicing in and out of water. My grandfather L.C. was an expert fisherman and at casting. When he cast his line or lure he did not drop it down in front of him, but his goal was a distance away from him, into the place he knew the fish were. I used to love watching him cast his line when we went fishing with him and my grandmother. When he cast his line or lure he did not just drop in down in front of him but forcefully cast his line out at a distance. There were times he would cast his line and it did not get out as far as he wanted or intended and in those times he would reel it back in and cast again. He was not frustrated about needed several attempts. He knew where he wanted his line to land and repeated his action as many times as needed until his goal was met. I can’t remember a fishing trip where we returned home empty-handed.  

In spirituality casting is prayer-speak. When we cast our cares and burdens on the Lord we don’t just take or carry whatever it is that is burdening or bothering us to God in prayer, we forcefully throw onto God our burdens; the things that weigh heavily upon us. We should not become discouraged or give up casting our burdens or practicing casting prayer when it does not work the first time. Just like the fisherman who has to practice that skill, casting prayer needs to be practiced. The only way to tell if our casting prayer was successful and hit the mark is when we are finally free of that burden. When our care does not return to us after we have gotten off our knees, but stays where we cast it, then we will know we were successful and will experience the fulfillment of God’s promise stated in the second portion of the verse.       

3.Meditating on Psalm 55:22

Every time a worry or concern comes to weigh you down throw it upon the Lord. That is a great way to meditate on the verse!

4.Praying Psalm 55:22

Thank you, Father, for taking my burdens onto yourself as your own. When I cast my burdens, you give me ease and release from the heavy load I’m carrying. May your Holy Spirit help me learn the art of “casting prayer” until I am great at it. Amen

Going Deeper:

Read Matthew 11:28-30

Read I Peter 5:7

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