MONDAY, APRIL 27
“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.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT2)
THE POWER OF PRAYER: DON’T WORRY
In 1988 Bobby McFerrin released the hugely popular reggae song Don’t Worry Be Happy. The catchy song was the first acapella song to ever reach #1 on the Billboard charts. The song won a Grammy award for the song of the year. It even appears in the Rolling Stone list of the 15 best whistling songs of all time. Actor and Comedian Robin Williams is featured in the music video for this song. And when McFerrin sings “Don’t worry. Be happy,” Williams is seen changing his frown to a smile. Ironically, Robin Williams was known for making people smile but years later we learned he struggled with severe depression and tragically ended his own life.
Sometimes it is not enough to simply just tell people to not worry and be happy. Yet, in Philippians 4:6 Paul tells the church to not worry about anything. At first glance this command to not worry about anything can seem almost ridiculous in the light of the current covid-19 pandemic. We have plenty of things that seem reasonable to worry about in life. However, Paul’s answer isn’t just a simple don’t worry about anything. Instead, Paul encourages us to “Tell God what you need.”
Prayer can do anything God can do. The power of prayer is not in the one praying, but it is in the One to whom we are praying. Paul wrote the book of Philippians from a Roman jail where he potentially faced being executed for his faith in Jesus. And Paul’s peace and joy came in knowing that God had a bigger plan. That plan may have included being set free or it may have included being promoted to heaven. Either way God was in control and prayer reminded Paul of God’s power and presence.
This week we will review some of the promises and power of prayer as it relates to worry. For now, let’s start with Paul’s challenge to tell God everything we need and to thank God for all He has done. Take a few minutes and list everything you can think of that you need from God. Then take a few minutes and thank God for all He has done for you. This could take a while but will be good for your soul and a good starting place for getting free of your worry.