Philippians 4: 6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
*What worries you today?
*How does anxiety affect your life?
*What is your reaction to anxiety?
According to the dictionary, anxiety is “distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.” Some synonyms are: fear, apprehension, and worry. Anxiety occurs in the mind, but it can impact our physical, spiritual and emotional health. Anxiety not only eats away at us from the inside out, it impacts those around us in that it creates a raised level of tension and stress.
If we break today’s scripture passage apart, we see a few clear steps to helping us tackle anxiety.
- Do not be anxious about anything– We must understand that anxiety is wrong, and we need to identify it when we see/feel it taking place in our lives.
- …in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God– We must pray about what is causing anxiety. The scripture mentions prayer and petition. The word petition is a strong word. It does not mean- ASK. It means pleading, asking one in high authority, begging, and imploring. Do you see the difference? If something is causing anxiety in our lives, we need to plead with God for peace
- with thanksgiving, present your requests to God- This can be the hard part. So often bitterness is connected with anxiety, but scripture tells us to pray with thanksgiving. Thank God for His faithfulness, His sacrifice, and His promises. Remember– God is more concerned with changing our minds than our circumstances.
If left alone, anxiety can have a crippling effect, but if given to God, you can have certainty, serenity and tranquility. The end result is that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I love the quote from today’s TRANSFORMED devotional: “If it’s big enough to worry about, it’s big enough to pray about.”
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