January 24, 2017

Forty Days to Flourish: Day 16

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

The great theologian, Erma Bombeck once said, “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” The truth is that worrying is worthless! It’s stewing without doing. It can’t change your past or your future; it just wastes time today!

The good news is that the Bible offers an antidote for your worries. Rather than just telling us not to worry, the Bible tells us what to do instead – replace your worries with prayer!  And, the news gets even better!

“…pray about everything.”

You can pray about everything!  There’s not a concern too big or a care too small that you can’t pray about.  Whatever causes you to worry can become a prayer target for you to focus your prayers on!  Turn your worries into prayer targets, and watch God handle them one by one!  Your whole attitude will lighten up as you release your anxieties to God’s care and control!

God is offering you a choice right now.  You can worry or you can pray.  When you pray, you are giving God your worries and letting Him meet your needs.  Trust me; He’s great enough for the job.  Make a list of the things that cause you to worry and, then, commit that list to God in prayer!  Meditate on Philippians 4:6-7 today, and you will begin to experience His peace, which exceeds anything we can understand!