We all have to admit that worry is a common temptation in life—for many of us it is a favourite pastime. But God instructs us to stop worrying and focus on His love and concern for us.
It’s human nature to be concerned about the bad situations in our world and in our personal lives, but if we’re not careful, the devil will cause us to worry beyond what’s reasonable.
Once we have given God our love and our life, Jesus teaches us that we can give Him our worries by asking God to provide for our needs and then trusting that He will provide.
For instance, we can ask God to give us the food we need each day, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
What is “daily bread”? It is the necessities of life — our physical and material needs that we’re always worrying about. God wants us to ask Him to provide those things so we don’t have to worry about them. He’s promised to provide all our needs: “My God shall supply all of your needs.” (Philippians 4:19)
What do you need today? Energy, to make it through the day? Finances? Wisdom? You’ve got two alternatives: panic or pray. Philippians 4:6 says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Do you really believe this verse? God says you can pray about everything. Nothing is too great for God’s power. Nothing is too insignificant for His care. Anything worth worrying about is worth praying about. Give God your worries.
If we prayed as much as we worried, we’d have a lot less to worry about!