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Pray Like It Matters

Weekly Devotionals

Pray Like It Matters

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 (NLT)

Nowadays many of us are experiencing a heightened sense of worry. Though we’re often tempted to worry, as we grapple with this new virus, to live in worry seems to be the wisest thing to do. Every oncoming person could be a source of infection, so we keep our distance; every surface could harbor the virus, so we wash our hands until they roughen.

I don’t want to mis-characterize this verse: it is not advising us to act contrary to wisdom and prevention. Rather, we are to be mindful of our thoughts and our motivations and what is dominating them. Worry is forgetting to trust God to do His part of caring for us. Worry can turn our gaze inward to ourselves, and rob us of the love for others that should characterize our lives as Christ-followers.

So, are you beginning to worry about something? Notice the impulse. Then stop and pray in the moment. Present it to the Lord. Tell Him simply what you need, trustingly, as a child would tell their parent. Finally, look back in your life on other ways and times He’s helped you, big and small. Remember them to Him in thanks.

When we do these things, we have a promise that worry will be disarmed. We will receive His peace that comforts. In a time when we feel threatened by circumstances beyond our solution or control, the freedom from worry that comes from His peace is what we need most. God’s got this.

A wonderful perspective on the super-power of prayer comes from one of my heroes, Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who hid Jews and helped the Nazi resistance during World War II. She was imprisoned and survived the concentration camps, and later released due to a clerical error one week before her group of prisoners was sent to the gas chambers.

You could say she spoke from experience when she said, “The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something, and enter God’s realm where everything is possible. He specializes in the impossible. Nothing is too great for His almighty power. Nothing is too small for His love.”

What gives you worry is not too big for God to overcome, and not too small for His attention. Tell it to Him today. And may His peace be with you.