“Worry About Nothing, Pray About Everything”
By Zach Wood
Philippians 4:6 NLT
Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
Confession time! I have a little trouble with the first part of this passage. Okay, okay, I struggle a lot with it! If this passage actually was written to describe me, it would probably read, “Pray about a few things, but worry about everything”. Yeah, you heard it right! I often find myself not praying as much as I should and I tend to worry about almost everything. Doesn’t everyone know that if I don’t worry about something all of the time, then life just isn’t going to be right???
That’s crazy talk, isn’t it? But how many of us are actually living this day to day, but we don’t want to admit it? Paul tells us to pray about everything, but not to worry about anything. And, I’m so guilty of messing this passage all up. I do tell God what I need, but then I go right back to worrying about everything again. Ahhhhhhhh! Make it stop!!!
It’s hard to not worry. We spend so many days of our lives worrying about things that probably won’t even happen or probably aren’t even true. Sometimes we worry ourselves sick. It’s a good idea when we start to worry, to pray and ask God to bring us peace. Just having that communication with God and asking Him to give you peace during your time of worrying can really help you to feel better.
I want to encourage all of us to come to God every day, give Him our needs, thank Him for all He has done and stop worrying about so much. Yes, so much easier said than done, I know! Sometimes, we might literally stop praying about anything and worry about everything. I think we’d all have to admit that often times we do fall prey to even this. There are honestly times when I stop to think if I’ve even prayed through the day at all when I’m worrying about so much. I’m ashamed of that, but God helps to remind me that I need Him and I need to stop and take the time to pray and connect with Him.
Not only are we to pray about everything, but we need to take time to thank Him for all He has done and all He continues to do. It’s so important! I challenge and encourage all of you to make it a point to connect with God to begin your day and ask Him to help you not worry, but to pray about everything. Maybe just little prayers throughout your day. A few words here and a few words there as you go through your day. Or perhaps you might have more time to bring a few sentences or paragraph prayer to Him. Whatever it might be, bring it before God and ask Him to give you peace and guide you.
Worry about nothing, pray about everything. Good challenge from Paul!