Five minutes of exercise:
In God’s throne room, pray for a friend, family member, or neighbor and the burden that person is carrying. Make requests on the person’s behalf. Ask your heavenly Father how you can share the load.
A word from scripture:
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
1. Before God’s throne and in the presence of his Son, Jesus Christ, spend a few minutes responding to Jesus’s unconditional love for you. Contemplate the burdens that he carries for you.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary
and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (NLT)
2. Pray for your friend, family member, or neighbor. Feel the weight of that person’s burdens. Bring their troubles before God and Jesus Christ and leave them at his feet. Make requests and appeals on behalf of that person.
I lifted the burden from your shoulder
and took the heavy basket from your hands.
Psalm 81:6 (CEV)
Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
Romans 12:15 (NLT)
Our Lord, we belong to you. We tell you what worries us,
and you won’t let us fall.
Psalm 55:22 (CEV)
3. Ask for guidance on how to live out burden-carrying in day-to-day life. Ask your heavenly Father to give you love for those who are weighed down. Ask for a spirit of gentleness, compassion, and humility. Repent of any attitude that does not reflect Christ’s love.
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you
so that God will be given glory.
Romans 15:7 (NLT)
Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words,
the kind that build up and provide what is needed,
so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.
Ephesians 4:29 (GNT)
A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13:34 (NIV)
Here is the exercise in a handy, condensed format to print out and use when you pray.