How Prayer Beats Worry

William C. Brownson

READ : Philippians 4:4-9

“Do not worry about anything.” Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? In a world so full of evil, danger and suffering, who can keep from being anxious at times?

But that’s God’s word to us, coming through Paul, a man who had gone through far more peril and pain than most of us. “Don’t worry!”

He says, in effect, “Don’t fret about anything, but pray about everything.” When prospects threaten to make you anxious, spread them before God in prayer. Tell him about them and ask for his peace.

But if you’re like me, you may have tried that and been disappointed. I’ve sometimes kneeled to pray about a concern and gotten up still anxious. I had forgotten one important element.

Listen: “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving….” That’s vital-the thanksgiving part. When I ask for God’s help and say “thanks,” I’m expressing faith. I’m casting my burden of care on him. “Thank you, Lord, that you will take care of it.”

That’s when the peace of God takes over.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, that when we pray with thanksgiving, pressure yields to peace. Amen.