The cure for worry
January 18, 2018
“Offer up your prayers and requests to God.” Php 4:6 CEV
The Bible says, “With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then…God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel” (vv. 6-7 CEV). When you pray more, you worry less. That means you have a choice: Either pray about it or worry about it. In prayer you give the problem to God, therefore you experience more peace of mind. Does that mean you won’t worry about the problem at all? No. It means you’ll worry about it less. While your goal is to give it completely to God and not worry about it at all, you’ll only get there step by step. God’s not asking you to exist in a state of denial. “Don’t worry—be happy” fails to appreciate the seriousness of the concerns you have. God doesn’t expect you to suddenly stop caring. Instead He offers an alternative to the pointless and exhausting habit of worry: “Pray without ceasing” (1Th 5:17). Does that mean a thirty-second prayer will rid you of all anxiety? No. It means start your day with prayer, and continue praying off and on throughout the day. Pray as you drive. Pray at work. Pray before your lunch break. Pray when you get that difficult phone call. Pray when you’re disappointed by something. Pray when surprises come. Pray when you triumph. Pray in the midst of painful news. Pray without ceasing—literally. Your heavenly Father, being deeply touched by your struggles, loves it when you come to Him asking for help. He’s right there, ready to step in. Just invite Him to do it.
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account_circle Shelly Jackson
Thank you Jesus for hearing and answering our prayers.
account_circle Sandy Stergo
My friend told me if you're going to pray don't worry and if you're going to worry don't pray
account_circle Barbara McKee
I love this. Its perfect. Its brings out our humanness yet lets us know how and when to seek God...Always and with Thanksgiving. A good point is that we will still have concerns but as Gods children He draws us to Him and we are reminded that there is nothing to big for our God then we are joyful once more. Thanks for this encouraging devotion.
account_circle Dr. Joann Dade
Last week while fasting I received news that I had been let go from a job that I had worked at for nearly 11 years. No warning just a message when I tried to read my email early that morning that my email account had been eliminated. Then yesterday while attending a staff meeting for a part time job, I received word that the company was looking for staff with recent experience in certain areas. Otherwise they could no longer use employees without the current experience. My last expertise in the areas that they want was 12 years ago, therefore this part time job is in jeopardy. I ask that GOD's will be done even though I don't want to lost this part time job having been let go of the other job. Please agree with me in prayer that my financial needs will be met. I am a tither and a giver.
account_circle C Wilson
What a lovely blog! So inspiring and for me refreshing. Each day I acquire more knowledge on how to pray and sometimes I do find myself praying in some situations that makes me just smile to myself when I really realise what's been going on. So this blog just solidifies that I am doing something that I need to. I will continue to "pray without ceasing" because it is God's will that I should. Great blog! Thanks for penning it! I pray God will continue to bless you in everyway.