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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Don't Worry, Pray (Philippians 4)

Remember that little tune, "Don't worry, be happy?" That's easier said than done isn't it? We can have every intention of being positive, seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty. But when we are put under fire and facing the flames, how do we do that?

Positivity only gets us so far. But when we truly give our troubles, catastrophes, pains, and sorrows to the Lord, the Lord strengthens and equips us with exactly what we need:

Philippians 4:6 Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.

But that's not all Scripture says on this subject. Jesus actually tells us 6 times in one passage, Matthew 6:25-34, "Do not worry."

To be perfectly honest, this is a command I have always found difficult to obey. The example I had growing up was a mother who was always worried; always anxious about everything. But my mom didn't know Jesus at that time. So, that's not an example I should follow if I do know Jesus.

So to obey Jesus, I need to trust Him. I do that by giving "my worry" to Him in prayer and then leaving it with Him at the foot of the cross. My problem is a lot of times even after I pray, I try to wrestle that worry out of Jesus' hands and take it back with me again.

But the other thing God says in His Word is that He will not give us more than we can handle in the temptation to worry department:

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

So when I am tempted to worry, God has given me a way out. That way out is prayer and truly trusting God with whatever happens. I will trust Him because I have seen, time and time again that God can use the lemons of this life to make amazing lemonade:

Romans 8:28 God causes all things to work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.

Dear Lord, I ask you to break the chains of worry that were passed down to me from one generation to the other and replace them with your armor, reminding me that Your Spirit is guiding me and that you have a purpose and a plan for my life and for those around me. Lord, I know if I just keep my eyes on you, there will be no room for worry about anything. So to You, Lord, may there be all the praise and all the glory. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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