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.
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.
For some people, prayer has become simply worrying out loud. You hear it in their voices when they pray aloud in a group; you see it in their expressions when they utter their prayer requests.
Maybe you aren’t a chronic worrier, but you’ve experienced enough apprehension about the terrible possibilities in life to know that anxiety is jeopardizing your faith relationship with God. You know it’s time to gain control over the anxiety that has crept into your life.
You also know how to do that. You need to cast your cares on Jesus, because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). But knowing that and doing that aren’t the same thing. Maybe you need a fresh way of understanding how that happens.
Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers (Philippians 4:6 msg). That’s how a popular paraphrase of the Bible describes the process of casting your cares on God in prayer. Ask God for what you need, praise God for who he is, and watch as those constant worries become transformed into peace-producing prayer.
Faith in God cancels out worry, but the opposite is also true: worry cancels out faith in God. Don’t allow worry to displace your faith in God—you’ve come too far to let that happen now.
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
This article is excerpted from The Indispensable Guide to Practically Everything: Prayer.