Joy by Replacing Anxiety with Prayer

Chic Broersma

READ : Philippians 4:6-9

Do not worry about anything . . . let your requests be made known to God. (v. 6)

Visit downtown Manhattan with me. In the entrance of the Radio City Music Hall is a
huge statue of Atlas, the perfectly proportioned Greek titan who, with all his muscles
straining, is holding the world on his shoulders. There he is, the most powerfully built
man in the universe, head down, straining under the weight of the world.

Now come with me a short distance away to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. There we come upon a statue of the boy Jesus, holding the world lightly in the palm of one hand. He looks like a sixth grader waiting for his friends to join him to “shoot some hoops.”

We’re like Atlas. We try hard. The heavy loads we carry make us anxious. Jesus offers, “My peace I give to you.” Jesus welcomes your burdens. Nothing is too large for him to handle. Nothing is so small he’ll toss it aside.

With prayer in your heart and often on your lips, you’re safe in the protective castle of God. The gospel flag flies overhead. Your spirit of thanksgiving forms high walls against enemies. Your joy in Christ is the wide moat. Jesus himself stands guard, shield in hand.

Here’s the formula: worry over nothing, pray about everything, say goodbye to anxiety.

PRAYER

Lord, give me a peace I don’t understand, but need.