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.
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Oh Loving Father, we come to you on this most beautiful day to ask that you ease our worrying minds. Lord sometimes we are up late at night, while our minds are at work thinking about the “what-ifs” and “what could be”. Help us to remember that you are in control and only you alone know what the future holds. We just need to be still and remember that you are God.
Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
We know that worrying gets us nowhere, yet we still allow it to consume us. In times such as these, Lord, we ask you to grant us a great amount of strength, faith and courage to fight off the doubt and fear within our minds. Faith casts out fear while fear casts out faith.
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Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 16:8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken..
Help us to remain calm in times of trouble and give us the patience to wait on the results, for we know everything will fall into place in your perfect time. Heavenly Father, there are many who have troubled hearts that overthink everything and get their hopes up, only to be let down by the people around them. Help us to remember you are always with us Lord, for we know you will never leave us nor forsake us.
Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Lord, please touch the hearts of those crying out in desperation, in search for an answer. We beseech you to give us the patience we need to weather the storm as we feel your comfort and warm embrace while you ease our worrying minds.
In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
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Psalm 34:17-19 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.
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A priest once told me, “Our self-definition ultimately has to come from God.” Try this: go outside, be silent, listen, close your eyes, breathe, and then pray for the needs of others and yourself.
It may also help to get moving. Go for a run. Then, do something kind for someone else. Make a meal. Visit someone in jail. Take your kids to the park. Grow a garden. Go to church. Volunteer. Visit with a homebound neighbor. Call an old friend.
In addition, here are some prayers for times of worry and self-doubt:
The Merton Prayer from “In Thoughts of Solitude”
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
St. Therese of Liseux Prayer from “Story of A Soul”
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.