I know, I know. The Bible tells us not to worry. Jesus doesn’t want us to worry. Our families don’t like it when we worry.
We can conclude it is part of our nature…we can verify that some of us belong in the official Worry Wart Fan club and then there are some of us who unfortunately have earned a full-fledged degree from University of the State of Anxiety.
But today I was taken back to the old hymn that says
Why worry…. when you can pray? Trust Jesus….without delay.
So I follow through as it is the clear path God has shown me time after time.
I must remember to pray when I feel worried.
Perhaps you could use a prayer for when you feel worried too.
Phil. 4:6 & 7
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God,which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
My mind can hardly fathom the depth of your love for me.
So when my anxious heart feels suffocated
with the mounds of worry this life can bring,
I only know to come to you.
You who knows every hair on my head.
You who flung stars into space.
You who plans every step I take.
When my worry mounds and builds,
escalating to numbers that exceed my expectations,
You ask me to relinquish my cares to Your hand.
The hand that created the hair on my head.
The hand that created the starry night sky.
The hand that holds my future.
Would you give me the courage to trust You wholly?
Would you give me Your peace that calms all fears?
For that is when I am rejuvenated…
From pitiful worrier…
To prayer warrior.
Thank you, Jesus.
Yahweh, Holy One, today, as I arise from my bed, I chose to look at the positive side of things and not worry today. I chose to have a different perspective when I step out into the world on this glorious morning.
I will not allow my worrying mind to get the better of me. No way will I allow Lucifer to fill my thoughts with doubt. I will not delve on any negative entity that he throws my way.
Proverbs 12:25 – An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
Psalm 55:22 – Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
No Need To Worry
I am a fighter. Oh God, You are by my side wherever I fall, in the stillness of the night, whenever I call. You will pick me back up and I will mount up on wings like the eagles. You are the love of my life and the author and finisher of my faith.
With this confidence, I have no fear and no need to worry. You, the creator of the universe, hold my world in the palm of Your hands. So there is no doubt that You are going to bring me through every situation I am facing.
Worry will not get the better of me
Majesty, my Lord and Savior, every sign of doubt, fear, dismay and worry will flee at the sound of Your great name! Jesus, worthy is the Lamb who sits high upon the throne.
I declare and decree that worry will not get the better of me. You are the solid foundation of my faith and there is no need to fear. In Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen!
Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the God of Rest
If you are looking for a comprehensive book to help you in dealing with worry and anxiety, “Running Scared” by Edward T Welch comes highly recommended. “As a master worrier and one who grew up in a culture of anxiety, the lessons of this teaching have to potential to address significant heart issues in my life. I’ve been a Christian for almost 40 years and sense the teaching here are issues I was either too afraid to address or did not have help addressing before. I look forward to rereading the book and processing the material with friends and family. Thank you Ed for sharing your journey. ” -JD Get Your Copy Now!
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
I’m a young Christian, from South Trinidad, seeking the wisdom of the Word and God’s blessings on my life. A journey, that’s just begun, but living to the Glory of God.
A Prayer to Stop Worrying
By Rick Warren
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT, second edition).
It takes more than willpower to stop worrying. You already know that, because you’ve already tried it. You’ve thought, “I shouldn’t worry about this,” and yet you just keep on worrying about it.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:32, “People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things” (MSG). If you don’t have a relationship with God, you have every reason to worry. You’ve got to get to know God! As a believer, you have a heavenly Father who has promised to take care of you. You are God’s child, and children get special privileges. When you worry, God says, “You’re my child. Why are you acting like an orphan?”
Matthew 6:31-33 says, “Don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing …. Your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to” (TLB). Any time you take God out of the center of your life and put anything else there — no matter how good it is — you’re going to worry.
The Bible says, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 NCV). If you’re worrying about tomorrow, you can’t enjoy today. You miss today’s blessings. It’s OK to plan for tomorrow, but you have to live for today. Also, when you’re always worried about tomorrow, the future gets overwhelming. But God will give you the grace and strength you need when you get there. Right now, you only need enough power for today.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT, second edition). How do you do that? One way is to memorize God’s promises in the Bible. They’re like an insurance policy for believers. When you know something’s covered, you don’t worry about it anymore. Another way is to pray. If you prayed as much as you worried, you’d have a lot less to worry about.
Pray this prayer today: “Dear Father, I admit that I often forget that you are with me. I often forget what you’re like. Would you please forgive me for that? I need to get to know you better. I need to get to know your Word and your promises better. Help me to put you first in every area of my life. Help me to live one day at a time. Help me to not worry about tomorrow but instead focus on what you’re doing in my life right now. I want to trust in your promise to take care of every one of my needs — financial, relational, physical, social, spiritual, and emotional. Help me to trust you more and worry less. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
Editor’s Note: Content taken from the Daily Hope with Rick Warren devotional, “4 Steps to Stop Worry,” written by Rick Warren. You can read that piece in full here. All rights reserved.
By Alan Allegra
It seems the older we get, the more we worry. Is it because there is more to worry about in the world today or because there is more that can happen to us as we age? Perhaps it’s because we feel helpless as our health and strength slip away. Whatever the reason, there is no reason for us to worry.
“What are you, nuts? Don’t you pay attention to what is going on in the world?” I can hear our readers loud and clear. But even louder is the voice from heaven that cries, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). All around us is the dissonance of worldly declarations from terrorists, cultural watchdogs, economic advisers, government demagogues, and healthcare experts, convincing us that the sky is falling and we’re on the brink. It’s enough to trouble the strongest heart.
There are two things we can worry about. We can worry about getting caught doing things we shouldn’t, and we can worry about things we can’t do anything about. Both have an easy solution. In the first case, don’t do, or stop doing, whatever it is you shouldn’t be doing! The second case is easier to fix and more difficult to understand: pray.
When our hearts are troubled, Jesus has the cure: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). He doesn’t just say, “Don’t worry, be happy!” He offers his peace to replace the worry in our heart. His peace doesn’t come from stocks, bonds, political promises or extended warranties. It comes directly from him by faith.
When the disciples worried because Jesus was leaving them to go to the Father, he said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1). If they really believed in God, they would trust His Son as well and live in his peace. Many people believe in “God” but have no peace because they haven’t put their faith in Christ, since “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Without having peace with God through forgiveness, we can’t trust Him for anything else. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
What part, then, does prayer play in the search for peace? It is through sincere prayer that you “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). You give him all your troubles. Notice, this time, the promise attached to the command to pray: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6, 7). But observe that God doesn’t promise to give you everything you ask for–he promises peace. That’s because this act of faith shows that you trust him to provide what’s best, not always what you think you need.
God’s promises have been around a lot longer than any crisis that has existed, does exist, will exist or only exists in your mind! “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging” (Psalm 46:13).
Alan Allegra is an adult ministries teacher and emcee at an Evangelical Church in Pennsylvania. More articles at Lifestyles Over 50: and the Morning Call: Available for writing.
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