“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.” Philippians 4:6-7
Beverly has a big exam coming up in order to receive the certification needed to do her job. She has studied for days all the material she could get her hands on. She’s memorized facts and worked through all possible scenarios for given situations. The day of the exam is approaching and Beverly’s anxiety is rising.
We have all experienced times of great anxiety. Maybe a loved one is in the hospital with a serious condition. Perhaps you are in charge of planning an important event. Or, it’s past curfew and your teenage son or daughter is not home yet. We all get anxious and worry. But anxiety is not an emotion God wants to have taking over our lives.
Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:27
In today’s Scripture passage Paul is telling the Philippians there is a way to deal with anxiety and worry. Take all concerns to God in PRAYER.
Satan loves to add turmoil to our lives and an easy way for him to do it is by planting seeds of doubt in our minds. We get all shook up and repeatedly go through lists in our heads. “Did I remember to call the caterer?” “Is there more I should be studying before the test?” “Are these the best doctors to be helping by mother?” “Did I turn the coffee pot off?”
God doesn’t want us to live that way. We are to turn everything over to Him through PRAYER. If we do this, God promises to give us His peace. He will prevent Satan from getting into our heads and causing anxiety. God will provide us with an inner peace instead of anxiety and worry.
APPLICATION: How much time do you spend in prayer? Drop to your knees and talk to God.