Why Worry When You Can Pray – PART 2 (Philippians 4:6-7)
Philippians 4:6-7, Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
A businessman ran into a friend of his who always worried. He had always had problems with ulcers and high blood pressure. “How’s your health?” the man asked his friend. “Great. My ulcers are gone and I don’t have a worry in the world!” The man asked “How did that happen?” “It’s easy. I hired a professional worrier. Whenever something comes along that I need to worry about, I tell him about it and he does all of my worrying for me.” The businessman couldn’t believe it. “That’s incredible. I’d be interested in something like that. How much does it cost?” The friend said, “He charges $100,000 a year.” The businessman said “How in the world can you afford to pay him $100,000 a year?” Friend said, “1 don’t know. I let him worry about it.” In the same way the friend gave his worries to the “professional worrier,” we should give our worries and cares to God. In other words, give your financial-family-health-work-people problems, etc. all to the Lord. When we fail to do this, we show a lack of faith in Him. Worry is inconsistent with our faith. Worry is basically distrust of God.
The word worry comes from a Greek word that means “to divide the mind.” Anxiety splits us right down the middle, creating a double-minded thinker. Delegate your cares to the Lord. If you don’t, you become double minded and unstable in all areas of your life. Rather than taking away tomorrow’s trouble, worry voids today’s strength. Suddenly, because of worry, our perception and strength are divided, distorting our vision and wasting our energy. Our worries and fears do not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empty today of its strength. God offers the possibility of a worry-free life. Not less worry, no worry.
I Peter 5:7, Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. “Casting” means “upon” “throw down; be cast into the sea or throw overboard, cast out fishing lines or nets.” Casting indicates a deliberate act of our will. God wants us to throw our cares overboard, He wants us to willingly throw them upon Him. In other words, “I will thrust my cares upon the Lord.” (Psalm 55:22; Philippians 4:6)
Worry is never beneficial. We may justify worry by calling it by some other name—concern, burden, a cross to bear-but the results are still the same. Instead of helping us live longer, anxiety only makes life shorter. Worry is the sin of distrusting the promise and providence of God and yet it is a sin that we probably commit more often than any other and zaps the life out of believers. Worry fails to recognize that God is working in your life. God knows what He is doing. He has not forgotten us. God is at work, but when we worry, we are saying that God is not in control. As if to say, “He doesn’t know what He is doing and He can’t take care of us”.
There is no need to worry because the Lord can supply every need for every situation that we face in life. Worry wastes our energy so that we don’t have the energy we need for constructive and creative things. God is bigger than our problems. He is never taken off guard or surprised at what takes place in our lives. He knows what is going on and will take care of you. The man who feeds his heart on the record of what God has done in the past will never worry about the future. Much of the things we worry about are things from the past. Remember, to always keep the past in the past.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, I regret having carried these burdens and worries so long by myself when, in fact, You were always ready to take them from me and to carry them on my behalf. But it’s never too late to do what is right, so right now I make the decision to yield to You every one of these matters that are troubling me. Thank You for coming alongside me to take these weights from my shoulders. Because You are so loving and attentive to me, I can now go free! In Jesus Name, AMEN!
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