God’s Word tells us that when we are anxious about anything, to bring it to Him. He says to bring our petitions and requests to Him. He tells us to do so. I believe He wants us to do so.
“Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
“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.” Philippians 4:6-7 MSG
No matter what version you read this passage in, the message is clear: don’t worry; instead: pray.
The best part of this passage, though, is what comes next.
When you are anxious, take it to God. And take it to Him with thanksgiving. Let your request be made known to God. And then? And then, the PEACE OF GOD, which surpasses all understanding, will GUARD YOUR HEARTS and MINDS in Christ Jesus.
Wow. I don’t know about you, but I need that peace and I need Christ to guard my heart and mind. Well, how do we get that peace? By spending time with the Creator of the universe. By taking our anxieties to Him and letting Him deal with it. By casting our burdens on Him because He cares for us. By relinquishing the control that we thought we had and letting God take over.
Prayer changes hearts. It changes us.
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