Tuesday, May 5, 2015

No worries… Just PRAY. :)

Do you ever worry about anything? If so, I can relate. I used to be a big time worrier, which also led to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and panic attacks. My insomnia, at it's worst, kept me awake for over a week straight. I think much of my past anxieties stemmed from me worrying about my life. By God's grace and the power of His Word, and prayer, I have been healed greatly of worrying. Glory to God! Yet, since we do have an enemy who attacks, I can find myself worrying at times still.

Recently, I was attacked with worry to the point of having insomnia almost a full night. And guess what? The Lord led me to the perfect Bible verse; and not to just read it but to apply it ~ each and every word.  I see God's faithfulness and how He always meets us right where we are at and gives us what we need. Especially when we cry out to Him and ask Him for help. He is so good! I'm praying this helps you, too. Here is the verse He led me to:

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done.  If you do this, you will experience God's peace which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus".  ~ Philippians 4:6-7

I love how God's Word it says "Don't worry about ANYTHING". It doesn't say "Don't worry about the big things" or "Don't worry about most things".  And it doesn't just stop there, it guides us to what to do INSTEAD of worrying - "pray about EVERYTHING". I LOVE how it says "everything", not "the important things" or "Some things".  It also says to "tell God what we need" and "thank Him for all He has done". Even though God knows what we need, He desires relationship with us, and He wants us to tell Him.  And thanking Him for what He has done, puts joy in our hearts and reminds us of how faithful He has been. 

So, I realized because I was worrying I needed to talk to God more, even cry out to Him about everything I was worried about.   I've been trying to do what the verse says and the moment a worry comes to my mind, I talk to the Lord. Ask Him for help. (I'm actually asking Him for help right now as I type this ;) ) I've been telling Him what I need, even though He already knows.  And I began to thank Him for all He has already done and is doing that I cannot even see. And just like His Word says, His peace has washed over me. 

And as we cry out to the Lord with all of our hearts, He leads us to what we need. He guides us step by step. Cast your cares on Him, He truly cares. He not only loves you, He CARES.  Your every worry. He cares and He has answers. Lets try to remember to talk to Him about everything~ even the small things, and most definitely the big things and medium things. Let's give Him control.  Let's fight the enemies attacks with the Word of God. Let's praise and thank Him more for all He has done and is yet to do. I'm praying the Lord teaches us to turn our worries into prayers and to experience Him and His caring heart towards each of us in incredible ways. 

LORD, thank you so much for teaching us to not worry about ANYTHING, and instead to pray about EVERYTHING. Help us do this, Lord. We need You so much. The moment we are attacked with worry, doubt, or fear please remind us to cry out to You and to pray about the situation. May we tell You what we need and thank You Father God for all You have done. Thank You for Your promise that as we do this, Your peace will guard our hearts and minds as we live in Christ Jesus. 

If you would like to share a prayer request or testimony of God's goodness, please share in the comments. We can all encourage each other and pray for each other. Thanks, and be blessed!