“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
His sisters! I hope you are enjoying our lovely summer weather! I am sitting here in my lovely garden sipping on a lovely cup of coffee with a lovely breeze surrounded by colourful flowers while contemplating Paul’s urging the Philippian believers concerning anxiety! When Paul wrote these words, he himself was having a pretty rough time of it. You see, Paul was writing these words from a prison cell in Rome. He was not like yours truly in a lovely garden sitting in a comfy chair! So, his words carry even more weight.
Yet, even with our creature comforts around us, we still find ourselves in a flux of anxiety and worry, don’t we?
In our continuing reflection on worry and anxiety, verse 6 says this. “Don’t be worried about anything.” Let’s stop right there. That is pretty clear isn’t it? To help us in gaining more insight into this command, let’s look at another command in 1 Peter 5:7. CAST all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” That gives us a bit more description. This is very proactive; nothing understated about this action. It is same verb as the disciples casting their nets for a catch of fish. It takes effort on our parts. The first half of verse 7 says, ” . . . casting all your anxiety on him . . .” WHY? The second half of the verse says, “. . . because he cares for you.” Here is where the rubber meets the road. How do you practically make the anxiety transfer from your back to God’s back? The answer is: trust that he cares for you. Believe this promise. Trust him. It’s a matter of practical trust. He cares about the thing that has you worrying, that He will not stand by and let things develop without his influence. It means he will act. He will work. Not always the way we would. He’s God and His thoughts and ways are higher than ours. He sees a thousand connections we don’t see. We need to take God at his Word. Believe the very foundation of the gospel through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“Don’t be worried about anything; instead, pray about everything.”
So what are you worried and anxious about today? A son or daughter? Bills to be paid? Your health or of someone you love? A relationship that has gone pear shaped? Consequences of a wrong choice you made awhile back that has come back to bite you? The bottom line is that in prayer, anxiety is resolved by trust in God. Prayer is a REPLACEMENT for worry. Trusting that God cares about your anxiety is expressed in prayer. Pray about EVERYTHING, big, little, in between! Jesus in Luke 18:1 says to pray and not lose heart. When you find yourself tempted to worry about something get on your knees instead. Replace your worry with prayer to your Heavenly Father. Sisters, we need to encourage one another to take our burdens to the Lord and leave them with Him. And if we don’t, let’s do it again and again. The Lord is gracious and will help us with this. He does not leave us orphans, but has given us the Holy Spirit to enable us.
I will continue to pray this scripture over you this week. Hope you have written it out for yourself!
In Him who cares for you,