THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
“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)
PANIC: PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING
A mother became hysterical with panic because her little boy had swallowed a coin. She turned to her husband and screamed for him to call a doctor. The husband picked up the phone, but instead of calling the doctor, he decided to call the local church and ask for the treasurer. The wife was upset and said, “We don’t need the church treasurer! We need some medical help!” To which the husband replied, “Hey, the church treasurer can get money out of anyone!”
Who do you call when you start to panic or worry? Philippians 4 teaches we should call God in prayer. The command of those verses is incredibly broad in scope. We are told to not worry about anything, but instead to pray about everything. That pretty much covers all the things we could possibly worry about. God promises if we trust Him with our worries, He will give us His peace. God understands there are things in life that are reasonable to worry about. However, He wants to give us a peace that goes beyond understanding. What are some reasonable worries you have? Now pray and ask God to give you a peace about those things that passes understanding. Now ask God to guard your heart and your mind from worry.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.”
1 Peter 5:7 (NLT2)