Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Phil.4:6)
I know it sounds cliche. I know what it is like to be concerned about health issues, family troubles, financial struggles, work-related issues, and such like. I know that we should pray more than we do. I know that we should worry less about things than we do. But, we still worry (Well, at least I know I do). I have to remind myself of the futility of worry. When has worrying ever accomplished anything worthwhile in our lives? To the contrary, it just fills us with dread, pessimism, hopelessness, and despair. Worry affects our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Our Lord taught us about the foolishness of worry: “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matt.6:27). Worry actually robs us of time that we could be using to do something productive, encouraging, stress-relieving. When Paul addressed the Philippians about anxiety, notice the solution: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything pray! It may sound too simple, but this is God’s remedy for worry. Bring all the cares and concerns that weigh you down and burden your heart, and deposit them at the feet of the Father (1 Pet.5:7). Notice that Peter says cast ALL your cares upon him, for he cares for you. The next time you are worried about something, see what category your anxiety falls into. Is it something that you can do something about, or is it something entirely beyond your control. If you can do something about it, then do it. If it is beyond your control, give it to God. In either case, quit worrying. Pray without ceasing. Pray, and then pray some more. You will find that your God is far greater than anything you are worried about!
“Heavenly Father, we thank you that you care for us. We thank you for allowing us to bring all of our cares to you, even those that are petty and trivial. Thank you for taking these burdens from us, for allowing us a place to find refuge. Help us to worry less and to rely more upon your goodness, your providence, your way. Bring peace to our souls as we come to you in prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”