Confession: I am a worrier.
I have tried to kick the habit more times than I can count. If there were an anonymous group for worriers, I’d be a member. If there were diamond-studded milestone keychains for those who successfully refrained from worrying, I doubt I’d earn one, but I’d sure try.
Worry is unhelpful and unproductive.
So this is what think about when I am tempted to worry:
God is moved by prayer.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7 ESV)
If we would study the pages of the past–take just the Old Testament of the Bible and open it for consideration–we would find that prayer undoubtedly changes things. Moses cried out to God, for instance, and the Sea was divided and the Israelites spared. David, who was accused of great crimes against God, prayed for forgiveness and was recorded in Scripture as being a man after God’s own heart. Jehoshaphat prayed and God silenced his many enemies.
Isaiah and Hezekiah petitioned for God’s intervention, and 185,000 murderous Assyrians were killed by the angel of the Lord. Daniel prayed and the lions, desperate for a meal, left him alone. Elijah prayed and asked for rain, and after three years of not a single drop (also at his request), the skies opened and poured buckets on the dry earth.
Fact: I underestimate the power of prayer any time I choose worry over petition.
” Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24 ESV)
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