Friday, April 6, 2007

Praying Your Worries Away

Last weekend on Sunday, I had the opportunity to speak at one of our local nursing homes. It was to be short and sweet. Let me tell you it was. I think I spoke for a total of 6 minutes.

I thought I would share with you what I said to those lovely elderly people.

(Just so you know, this will not be verbatim, but it will give you the gist.)

The Lord is always wanting to take care of our needs for us. Many times we do not feel like we want to bother God. We will take him the big things and try to fix the little ones on our own. Today I challenge you to begin taking all of your needs to God.

Matt. 6:25-34 says, 25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

28 "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,

29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

30 "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

31 "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'

32 "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33 "But seek first His kindom and His righeousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

I have found these verse to be so true in my own life. My husband lost his job in September and we have been living on faith in the Father ever since. We are still making it, but I know it is not by anything we have done.

We chose at that time to "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" and we believed that in doing that "all these things will be added to you".

The Father knows our needs and He desires to provide for them. The one thing we must do is lift them up to Him in prayer. Our prayers are not to enlighten God to our current situation. Our prayers are to lighten us of our burden of trying to make everything work out. That has never been our job, I am not sure why we try to perform it.

Philippians 4:6 says, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

If you will release your burdens to God, He will take them from you. He will give back to you something that would not have dared to dream.

1 Peter 5:7 says, "casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."

And He cares for each one of us like we were the only one. He does not think to himself, "Well, yesterday I helped Joe, so I cannot help Jess today. He cares for me and you as if we were the only ones on the planet. He has the provision to do that.

God loves us as his precious children. We can know that He only wants the best for us. Now that may not look like what we think it should, but if we give it time, we will release God's way is definitely the best way.

I will end today with Matt. 7:7-11.

7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

8 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

9 "Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?

10 "Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?

11 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

I hope this inspires you to remember, you never have to do it only. The Father is always there with you.

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