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Don't Worry

Don't Worry

14 June 2009

Scripture:

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)

God put in us a sense of responsibility about life. We feel responsible for those we love, for the commitments we make, and for our words and actions. The trouble is, we feel responsible for some things we can’t really control and this can lead to worry about outcomes – can we really pull it off, is it really going to work out or will I fail?

Paul said that the antidote to worry is to pray. “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything.” But not every kind of praying is peace-producing prayer. Some people are “Prayer Warriors” and others are “Prayer Worriers!”

Here’s Paul’s simple approach: “Tell God what you need, thank God for all he has done.” Build your prayers on a foundation of faith by thinking of God’s promises and his powerful past performance in stories from the Bible. Think about the things God has done for you – the prayers he has answered before when you asked for his help.

Jean and I are learning more and more to use Paul’s Anti-Worry approach when we’re faced with a major need or when an important decision has to be made. Together we go over all the good things God has said and done for us – the promises he has made and the many times he has come through for us in the past. This brings peace of mind and heart. When we pray from a peaceful heart, it guards us against fear, anxiety, and bad decisions.

Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for the promises you have made to us in your word. Thank you for all the times you have given us wisdom to make the right decisions when we were faced with tough choices. Thank you for all the answered prayers through the years. Thanks for provision, protection, and direction. From the foundation of faith in your unfailing love and faithfulness, we again present our needs and requests and we thank you for peace of mind and heart. Amen.

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