Worry Time to Prayer Time

It’s been quite a while since I wrote anything in my blog. I guess too many things have gotten in the way, and I haven’t made it a priority, not that it was a consistent priority anyway. I’m thinking about starting again.

As kind of a restart, I want to share one that I wrote a few years ago on “worry”. I wrote it during I time that I was dealing with a lot of worry and stress. What made me think of this is that the message at our church last Sunday was on the same subject. So,I thought it would be good to re-post it.

Please read. I hope you enjoy it and might take a little something from it.

Beginning of Post

I’m not one that usually worries too much, but I find myself doing it more and more recently. I guess it’s understandable with recent events at work, the seemingly never ending rise in the cost of living, one of my children driving now, and just the usual concerns about kids and other family members, but that doesn’t mean I just accept it and live with it on a daily basis. So, what to do?

A few weeks ago, our Pastor spoke on this very subject and the message really hit me. You know how you feel sometimes that the message was written specifically for you? You know how, as Christians, we’re always listening for God to speak to us? Sometimes He speaks in a quiet, still voice, but this time, there was no quiet or still about it. It was loud and clear. I almost felt like I was back in my high school or college basketball days and the coach was screaming at me, telling me how to do something correctly. Needless to say, He got my attention.

The message was from Philippians 4:4-9. But for this, I’ll focus on verses 4 & 6. Verse 4 says “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!“. Verse 6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.“. Since that message, I’ve been spending time in that passage trying to understand what God is saying and then put it into practice. During my reading, I came up with a list of questions and these are probably some of the same questions you might have.

  1. How do I rejoice in the Lord always with all the stress?
  2. What does worry do to us? What are its effects?
  3. Why do we worry in the first place?
  4. What does worry show about us? As Christians, what does it show about our faith?
  5. What do we do about it? How do we deal with worry?

Verse 6 is pretty clear about what to do. Basically, my paraphrase of it is “don’t worry, but bring all my concerns/worries to God Himself, and be specific”. So, that’s what I decided was my first application of this passage. Now, when I feel the worry coming on, I pray and lay it at the feet of my Lord, the God of the universe. And, I have to say, there is comfort found in that.

So, do you worry? Do you have some of the same questions about dealing with it that I do? How are you dealing with it? I encourage you to spend some time in Philippians 4:4-9 because God has answers for us there. Turn your worry time to prayer time and engage with the Lord God Almighty.