Inspirational Korner – Replacing worry with prayer
By: Charlotte Berger
Theme: Matthew: 6:27 – 29: Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Worry, we all probably do it. Why do we tend to worry about things of this life when we have a Heavenly Father who can take care of our needs? My guess is because it is our human nature to worry. We worry when something goes wrong. We worry when we hear about a situation that has not even occurred yet. When the problem is solved, then we still worry that it may happen again. When and how long will it be before our worrying ends? First and foremost, a definite time will be when Jesus comes back for His church. The second option is whether or not our faith is strong enough to trust God to fix our problems. The real solution to stop worrying is to trust God for our life in all things. It is not always easy, however, by replacing worry with heartfelt prayer God will move in our behalf when we believe on His Word. 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) tells us “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you, is a powerful scripture God want us to apply to our lives.”
I have a friend in another state who used to build small decorative boxes with lids with all types of colorful stones and buttons on them. One day unexpectedly, he brought me the most beautiful little box I ever saw and I knew right then that I was going to use it as my “worry box”. I wrote down everything I was worried over that evening and placed all my prayer requests inside for God to answer. Then I forgot about it for a short time until Satan entered worrisome thoughts again. I prayed and said, “Lord, please forgive me and teach me not to worry but to trust in your Word.”
Do we worry because our faith is weak? Maybe we do not believe that God is big enough to handle our problems. Are just humans that have no control over worrying? God gave us minds to make good choices and strength to carry out those choices. Therefore, let us strive to make the right decisions no matter what the needs may be to avoid worry. Turning worries into prayers will make us stronger in our daily walk with God. As Christians, when we feel a worry about to happen, let us place it inside the little box in our hearts where God lives.
In conclusion, our prayer life is not as important as our actions when we pray. Are we in tune with the Holy Spirit in faith believing that God hears us? If we do not keep our spiritual guard up, beware, the ole’ devil will sneak in and try to destroy our comforting thoughts that God’s Holy Spirit instilled in us. So, do we ever stop worrying? We most likely will not stop worrying completely in this life. Nonetheless, let us consider the lilies of the field as referenced above. How much more important are we to God than they. Worry or not to worry, that is the question. The answer now lies within us and which way we will turn.