DO NOT BE ANXIOUS

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Prayer is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. It is amazing how much anxiety we bring upon ourselves because of the lack of prayer. Prayer shows our dependance on God. It means that we recognize we can’t but He can! Prayer takes us to God’s level. It enables us to see life from His perspective. I love the words of Fannie Crosby’s hymn, I Am Thine, O Lord — “O, the pure delight of a single hour that before Thy throne I spend, when I kneed in prayer, and with Thee, my God, I commune as friend with friend.”

God invites us to come to His throne of grace in prayer — “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:12). We become overwhelmed with worry when we fail to cast our anxieties on the Lord — “Casting all our anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7). God cares for us. He knows when we are overly burdened and anxious. He wants us to cast ALL our anxieties upon Him. The problem I have is that I give them to Him but quickly take them back. We need to learn how to leave our anxieties in His hands. Doing so is a matter of faith and it takes practice to leave our worries in His hands.

Jesus said — “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap or gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:25,26). God cares for us and He will provide for us. He wants us to cast our anxieties on Him and leave them with Him. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Lord, forgive me when I allow myself to be filled with anxiety. There are times when I find myself overcome with worry. You have told me not to be anxious about anything. I am to bring my worries to You and cast them upon You and leave them there. Today I do so again. I cast my anxiety upon You because I know that You care for me.

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