Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Living in the world, with all it’s troubles, it’s a big task not to worry. It can seem like an impossible one at best. I read this scripture and I just want to experience this so badly, but yet I fail at it constantly. I just want to make myself stop worrying but I can’t. So what’s the solution?
Paul tells us that we shouldn’t worry about anything. Anything? Really? What about my looming mortgage payment, yet I want to tithe above and beyond? What about the fact that I’m working a full time job and doing ministry full time? Not even a little worry?
My wife and I recently started trying to eat healthier. We wanted to cut out processed foods and a lot of the junk that we’ve been eating. Does this mean that we quit eating all together? Of course not! We just replaced what we were eating with natural and healthy choices. This is what Paul is saying in verse 6. We could reword this verse to say substitute worry with prayer.
If you’re like me, I’m a habitual worrier. Like with any habit that we’re trying to break, it takes effort, but our goal is to replace the habit of worrying with the habit of prayer. I use to be a candy fiend but I slowly replaced it with fresh fruit. My wife and I buy so much fruit now it takes up half of our refrigerator! What this translates to is I should have the best prayer life of anyone I know!
The results of our change in diet is that we feel better, we’ve lost weight, and we don’t focus on eating so much. The results of changing out worry for prayer are far greater. When we focus on God and all He has done in our lives and we open up to Him with our most sincere needs of our heart, we then get to experience the peace that can come only from Him.
Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, gave himself as an atonement so that you and I could have a relationship with our Father in Heaven. Prayer is a privilege and it’s not something we should take for granted. Along with His word and His church, it’s His invitation to a love relationship with Him. Not because He needs us, but because He wants us. He wants your heart filled with His everlasting peace, not the temporary worries of this world.