GIVE ALL YOUR WORRIES TO GOD
When I hear these words, “If you are going to worry, why pray? And if you are going to pray, why worry?” they sound good, but the reality is that worry is still something that we do. I wish I could say that I do not worry about things, but that would not be true. I want to be as honest as possible. There are times when I worry about the welfare of my family. There are times when I worry about some of my own health issues. That is just a few of the things that cause me to worry. But I have discovered that I can bring my worries to God, and I know that He will help me. I can pray even though I am worried! I trust that God will hear and answer my prayer. God knows my thoughts, so He knows how I feel. I do not need to pretend to be so holy. I can just say, “Lord, help me” as I try to overcome the trials and troubles of life. Prayerfully, as you read this devotion, you will be honest with God and tell Him exactly what is on your mind. Be assured that He will hear and answer your prayer. In Philippians 4:6, we find these words:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.”
Paul speaks about the need to bring everything to God. He tells the people not to worry about anything, but to pray about everything. He is well aware that the people have worries and concerns. He gives them words of encouragement, saying “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me — everything you heard from me and saw me doing, then the God of peace will be with you.” He discovered, despite all that he went through, that God was there for him. He was not ashamed to say that there were times that he needed God’s help, and God helped him. God will help us in that same way. Read this chapter, then give all — and I mean all — your worries to God!