Philippians 4:6 -7 NLT: Don’t worry about ANYTHING; instead pray about EVERYTHING. Tell God what you need and thank him for all that He has done. THEN you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything you can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ.
The scripture above tells us to not be anxious or worry about anything. I think I can speak for all us when I say that sometimes that is easier said than done, even for those who aren’t prone to anxiety. What I love about this scripture is that it doesn’t just give us a command, but it tells us HOW to NOT worry. It’s like the Lord is saying “Look, I know you’re going to have anxiety, so when you do, here’s how you can make sure it doesn’t consume you. I’m not just saying don’t, I’m tell you how.”
The how is by taking everything that makes you anxious and turning it into a prayer request. And to break it down even more, we’re told HOW to do that.
1: Pray about EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING means just that. That word everything tells me there is nothing to big or too small, too silly or too deep that we can’t pray about it.
2: Tell God what you need. It’s that simple.
3: Thank Him for all that He has DONE. I find this command alone to be a stabilizing point for my mind and my heart. If I’m worried about provision I thank Him for all the times He has provided. If I start to worry about my health I thank Him all the times that by His stripes I was healed.
When we feel anxious or overwhelmed, if we begin to thank God for what He has done in the PAST it gives us peace and hope and for what He can do in our present. It reminds us that He is faithful, that He is a good Father, and that He cares for us.
4: PEACE that we can not explain will replace the anxiety we battle if we follow the simple steps that are outlined in the Bible.
Recap: To get rid of worry and anxiety: Pray about everything. Tell God what you need. Thank Him for what He has already done. Experience crazy peace that can’t be explained.
Challenge: As you go about this week began turning your worry into prayer request and as you ask for what you need, thank God for all the times in the past that He has met those needs and then allow HIs peace to consume the anxiety. . Commit Philippians 4:6-7 to memory this week and speak it over your life.