Why Worry When You Can Pray - Beloved Women - August 24, 2020
TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: In light of the challenges the Apostle Paul is facing while writing to the Church in Philippi from prison, and the worries the Philippians have for him, Paul commands (not suggests) that the Philippians not be anxious, about anything. They had a lot to worry about: being persecuted, strife among believers, and uncertainty of Paul’s future. Still, Paul reasons: why worry when you can pray?
Worry accomplishes nothing, but prayer to God is taking your issues to someone who can actually do something about them. So we’re called to pray about everything-not just some things, but everything. If you can worry about it, you should be praying about it.
Although we are to pray with supplication, meaning telling God what we what Him to do, we are also to pray with thanksgiving, ensuring we maintain a focus on what He’s already done for us. As we do this, Paul says: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 ESV) God will cover our hearts and minds. He will guide our feelings and thoughts. Anxiety is a feeling and as God covers our hearts, He protects us from being anxious.
PRAY: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for protecting my heart and for all the good in my life. Thank You for blessing me. I pray for focus to keep my mind on You that I may be freed from any anxiety. In Jesus Christ’s Name, I pray, Amen.
REFLECT: How can you shift your focus from anxious thoughts to thankful thoughts? What do you have to be grateful for today?
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