“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 HCSB
Have you ever heard people say, “don’t worry, be happy”? Although this is good advice for any person experiencing anxiety, it’s not the best. The word of God prescribes something better.
Do you know worry is counter productive? Many times, worry paints a situation worse than it is, thereby leading to more desperation. At this point, you lose energy to act which in turn leads to more worry. To avoid this vicious cycle, rather than worry, pray.
Prayer does not only work to change things externally, prayer works internally to strengthen your convictions. Prayer builds in us fortitude for trying times. It also brings peace into our hearts. See what verse 7 of the anchor verse says:
“And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:7 HCSB
In Acts 4:31, we see the disciples’ reaction to persecution – a harrowing experience.
“When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness.”
Rather than worry, they prayed and received boldness to continue preaching.
Are you going through some trial and tribulation? Rather than worry, devote yourself to prayer! (Colossians 4:2, 1Thessalonians 5:17). Pray and see how God’s peace will reign in your heart in Christ Jesus.
Tomorrow, we’ll learn another way to deal with worry and anxiety as believers.
Do This: As recommended by Philippians 4:6 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18, rather than worry, take out time today to focus on prayer and thanksgiving.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 2:41-52, Ephesians 4:17-24, Psalm 119:57-64, 1 Kings 12.