Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.
You will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything you can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
A recent picture on Facebook had the title Stressed? The Three ‘T’ Solution. The three ‘T’s were Talk, Thank and Trust. What an amazing summary of our verse for today!
Worry is an action in our mind in response to situations that are out of our immediate control. There is a problem that we can’t solve. It could be financial, relational, physical or if we are really worried all of the above at the same time. We replay the situation over and over in our minds trying to find a way out. We develop alternate plans and then worry about which one to choose. This leads to more worry which leads to anxiety, which leads to fear, which affects our sleep, our bodies, our health, our productivity, our relationships and results in more worry etc. etc. etc. By this time you are STRESSED!
The instruction to not worry but pray instead seems less then helpful and could add to the load. I have worry down to an art form and worry about worrying. Let’s look deeper at the three ‘T’s.
Talk To God
Prayer is simply talking to God. By an act of our will, we choose to take all those racing thoughts, all those concerns and speak them out to God. Maybe it is easier for you to write them out. Begin your list with: God, this is what I am worried about. Your action of talking to God may have lots of emotion or none at all. That is OK. First ‘T’ completed!
Thank God For All He Has Done
This does not mean thanking God in advance for what He is going to do to resolve your problem. It is an act of remembering what He has done for you in the past. Remember where He has provided, where there were answered prayers, where He has brought comfort in the midst of sorrow, where relationships were restored. The remembering and thankfulness shows you what God does. That gives you the confidence, the faith to move on to the third ‘T’.
Trust The Promises
You have poured out your heart and have remembered God’s actions. Faith is growing; faith that there is a solution, a way out of the torment. You have done your part. Now trust and wait. Wait for a minute or an hour. Maybe you have to repeat the steps again and then again today. The promise is that peace will rest on you and in you. You won’t understand why the anxiety has lifted. Your body will let go of the tension; your headache will dissipate; you will sleep tonight. The solution or at least the next steps to resolving the problem will be before you.
- What is your ‘anything’ today?
Your Father Wants To Bring You His Peace