Give Your Anxiety To The Lord
Chaplain Justin Smith
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
Do you worry about where God has called you? Do you worry about being single? Do you wonder why God has not provided the right person for you? Do you wonder why all of your friends are successful and you are not? Is there a solution to worry? The Apostle Paul, while in jail, had plenty to worry about. However, rather than spending his time worrying, he focused on how thankful he was to the Lord for allowing him to be in his current situation. Paul also gave instructions on what to do about worry. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul states: “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (4:5-7)
Paul encourages all to show their gentleness. The reason is the Lord is near. How does one guard against anxiety? Paul gives us instructions. First, we must let go of our anxiety. The way to a less anxious life is first faith, but then, prayer. Prayer leads God’s people to submission to His authority and grace. Second, we must ask for what is needed. Many people say general prayers but are never specific in prayer. Third, when we pray specifically, God encourages us to be thankful. Thankfulness protects us from discouragement and increases our faith in Him. If we remember what God did in the past, He most certainly will be faithful in the present and the future. Peace guards us from distraction and worry.
Prayer: Dear Lord, We thank you for your mercy and grace. We praise you for your kindness. When we need to see your grace may we see your creation. For you create all things new. Right now Lord we bring all of our struggles and problems to you. We pray that you guard us from anxiety and we trust in your goodness. We also pray that our gentleness will be shown to all humanity. For when we show our gentleness, we show how much you show grace to us. Thank you Lord Amen.