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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Choosing Prayer Over Worry
I tend to struggle with worry.
I honestly try not to…it just sort of happens.
There have been days when I catch myself worrying that I’m worrying too much…seriously, I know….I’m a hot mess.
And believe me, I’m an equal opportunity worrier.
I worry about big things like world issues and small things like did I remember to pick up milk while out at the grocery store….which many times is, no.
Yet, despite my tendency to worry, I know the cure for my anxiety is prayer and supplication.
Turning my worries into prayers and focusing on the truth that God is in control, not me.
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 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. – Philippians 4:5-7
God is near.
What an amazing reminder that I need EVERYDAY!
Do not be anxious about anything…sounds like the impossible, doesn’t it?!!!
Many times I feel like the more accurate reading would be “be anxious only in a few things”…that sounds a little more realistic in my opinion.
Because seriously…we have so much to be anxious for, don’t we?
We are worried about what this crazy world will be like when our children or grandchildren are raised.
We are worried about making the rent or house payment for this month.
We are worried about the test results from this week’s trip to the doctor’s office.
We are worried about that new boy our daughter started dating last week.
We are worried about how to pay for college…or what college our kids will attend.
We are worried about the state of our country and who will be the next president.
We are worried about our marriage.
We have worries at every age and at every stage in life.
Worry will stay with us every day and rob us of joy…if we let it.
Yet Paul reminds us that God is near and we are not to worry, but to pray instead.
Sounds almost too simple to really make any difference, doesn’t it?
You mean, talk to an unseen God like He’s real? Like He’s right here in front of me….across this table?
You mean, talk to God like He’s… near?
Tonight as I sit here in my home and think about the prayers that I’ve prayed today….the prayers that I’ve prayed over my girls, my friends, my family and my country…I just wonder.
Maybe part of praying – part of turning our worries into prayers – is God’s way of helping His children see Him.
Maybe there is a blessing, a silver lining if you may, in the choice that we all encounter everyday…will you today choose worry or prayer?
And maybe through our specific, daily, simple prayers we get the blessing of seeing God in our lives.
Strangely, without the choice of worry or prayer we might miss out on the excitement of seeing God at work…and allowing those around us to see Him too.
This past week I’ve been reading a book about a female missionary to Egypt named Lillian Trasher. Until reading this book, I had never heard of Lillian before, but this principle of choosing prayer over worry rings true in her life. As a single American Christian woman in Egypt in the early 1900’s, Lillian had many things in her life that could have caused her to worry.
From the world’s viewpoint, she didn’t have the finances to even move to Egypt to answer God’s call on her life, let alone start a ministry.
Her personal safety was always a concern from those who objected to her moving to Egypt and living among the people.
Yet time and time again Lillian chose prayer over fear and trusted God to intervene.
Through the trials, tribulations and struggles, Lillian developed a beautiful relationship with God as she saw Him actively answer her prayers.
Does this mean that every prayer she prayed came back a “Yes”? No.
Does this mean she never struggled with heartache, pain or disappointments? No.
What I did see through this story as I read it to my girls and they begged me to read “just one more chapter, mommy”…is this beautiful “You are so real to me Jesus I could almost reach out and touch you” relationship Lillian had with God.
Through Lillian’s choices to pray and trust God, the reality of His nearness became crystal clear.
And in the nearness…God’s peace was felt.
Maybe that’s where the thanksgiving comes into play too. Maybe it’s the opportunity to choose prayer over worry and in doing so we have the blessing of seeing God in action.
He is near, sweet friend. Choose today prayer over worry…and I will too!
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