“Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you.” – II Peter 5:7
“Pray about it.” Seems cliché, right? But clichés came from somewhere. They’re common for a reason. Usually, because they’re smart, because they make sense, because they’re good advice. Everybody tells you to “pray about it,” because it’s a tried and true method of problem-solving.
Prayer needs to be a first instinct, not a last resort. Don’t pray about your problem because you’ve exhausted your list of problem-solving techniques and it’s the last thing you can possibly do (besides collapse on the floor and cry, which you may have done multiple times by then). Pray about your problem because you have a direct line with God, Who created all things and could easily solve your problem with a single word if He chose to. The fact that He can doesn’t always mean He will, of course; in fact, He usually doesn’t. But you have been given permission to come straight to the throne room of the Maker Himself, and that should always be your first response to any sign of trouble.
Have you ever thought about how amazing prayer is? It’s literally a conversation with the Creator of the universe. And what’s more incredible: He wants to hear what you have to say! He knows you inside and out, backwards and forwards, everything you ever have been and ever will be, but He wants to hear about your problems from your perspective. He cares that you’re hurting, that you’re afraid, that you’re just straight-up exhausted and sick of life. He understands, He cares, and He wants to help you. He sees the bigger picture, and He knows that what’s best for you isn’t always the easiest path, but He truly has your best interests at heart. Bring your problems to Him. He promises that He will take them.