Pray Or Worry?

 “This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes? Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds?  Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?  “And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers. It is God who clothes the wild grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won’t he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!   “So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?’ (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things.  Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.

Memory Verse:

 Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.” Matthew 6:33.

A few years ago, I could be given the title head of worrywart, it was almost as if I was scared everything will always go wrong. I had been around so much negativity for so long that things being normal scared me. I simply just worried all the time and just couldn’t stop my worried thoughts. I worried about things that were under control and things that were out of control and my quality of life was definitely affected and soon it began to feel like I had anxiety disorder, but something happened, and my life took a complete 360 for the best.

Many people are like my old self, they worry, pray then leave God’s presence and pick up their worries again almost immediately. For those people, their communication with God becomes less effective as their mind is so occupied that they constantly miss out when God is trying to say something. It’s difficult for individuals like that to be led by the spirit of God and as such their quality of life is affected.

A few people in the bible struggled with worrying but let’s see the example of Jonah. First, he worried so much about what might happen if he preached to the people of Nineveh, so he changed direction. After all his drama with the fish and being saved by God, he finally went to deliver God’s message but then switched to worry mode again when God decided to have mercy on the people of Nineveh, Jonah 4:1-3. Then again Jonah worried about a plant Jonah 4:6-10, Jonah was just very worried about pretty much everything so much that instead of doing his bit and letting God do what He does best, he was playing God in every situation and where he became extremely worried, his most common phrase was “I am better off dead than alive”.

My relationship with worry ended when I understood the power of prayer and the joy of dwelling on His word. A change in direction means I no longer have to dwell on things even if they don’t go my way because I know I can always talk to God and in His own time, He will make it beautiful.

Whiles worrying is very normal and part of our everyday life, excessive worry shows we have no confidence in God and lack faith. If we truly know our father, then as Children, we will understand that if we tell Him of all that worries us, He will fix it all because He truly cares, 1 Peter 5:7.

Prayer + Worry = Sorrow
Prayer – Worry = Peace

Daily Declaration – This year, The Lord Almighty has prepared a banquet for me a banquet of the richest and the finest of everything the year has to offer.

He has suddenly removed the cloud of sorrow that has been hanging over my life.  The Sovereign Lord has destroyed death forever! He has wiped away the tears from my eyes and taken away the disgrace /shame/lack/tears/pain /sicknesses i have suffered. The Lord himself has spoken – Amen. Isaiah 25:6-8

PRAYERS:

  • Father I acknowledge your amazingness in my life
  • Thank you for I have life and I live on for You
  • Forgive my sins Lord and give me a new heart
  • Help me Lord to obey you verbatim
  • I surrender all my Plans to you, take them and transform them to your will
  • Help me to stand and walk with you all through this year and not rely on self
  • Help me never to take you out of the picture but to abide and seek you always 
  • Bless me Lord and answer my prayers, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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