Pray About Everything
Posted: Thursday, October 3
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 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.
Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
The apostle Paul, who wrote our passage today, certainly had an imminent event in his life with an uncertain outcome. He was going to stand in trial before Caesar and the death penalty was a very real possibility. Paul understood that peace is not a result of perfect circumstances but rather a byproduct of time spent with God in prayer.
Anxiety seems to be a growing epidemic and believers are not immune. I find it curious that in many ways we have far less to worry about today than people who lived in previous times of history and yet our worry is greater. Think about it… We don’t have to worry about where our next meal is coming from. We have access to a quality of health care that previous generations would have not thought possible. Jobs are abundant and if we choose to work there is no shortage of companies that will hire us.
Can you imagine how curious our anxiety appears to someone from another part of the world who doesn’t have shelter and they’re wondering where their next meal will come from?
Even if we objectively have little to worry about Satan will come and fill our hearts with anxiety if we do not follow Paul’s advice. A vacuum of prayer in our lives will lead to worry about the imminent and uncertain events we will face. The solution? Don’t worry about anything; pray about everything.
God cares about your health, your job, your family, your emotions, new tires for the car, losing weight and planning a vacation.
Atlantic Magazine published a study that concluded that sometimes prayer makes anxiety better, but other times prayer can make worry worse. The difference? When you pray to God and you’re uncertain that he’s good and that he cares and that he’s powerful enough to meet the need; prayer to a god like that increases worry. But when we pray to a heavenly father who is ready and willing to act on our behalf, then we experience peace.
May God bring you peace today as you bring every situation to Him in prayer.