What If We Prayed as Much as We Worried?
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything” (Philippians 4:6 NLT).
If we prayed as much as we worried, we’d have a whole lot less to worry about.
In fact, God doesn’t just want you to stop worrying. He wants you spend time praying, too?
It’s our best antidote for worry.
The Bible says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything” (Philippians 4:6 NLT).
God has already promised to take care of you. If it’s not worth praying about, it’s not worth worrying about. God knows every need you have. Talk to him about them.
When I was a kid, I went to my dad with every need I had. Sometimes I had expensive requests. But I didn’t once wonder where he’d get the money. It wasn’t my job to figure out where the money would come from. That was my dad’s job. My job was to ask.
It’s not your job to figure out how your needs will be met. It’s your job to ask God to meet them.
When you worry instead of asking, you’re acting like at atheist. Worry is practical atheism. It’s acting like you don’t have a heavenly Father—and that you’re a spiritual orphan.
Many people say they don’t pray because they don’t want to bother God with their problems. But there’s nothing too small for God. Every problem you face is small compared to the vastness of God.
God is ready and willing to not only listen to your problems but also to answer them.
The Bible says it rather bluntly: “You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it” (James 4:2 GNT).
Do you want less stress in your life?
Worry less. Pray more. Worry about nothing. Pray about everything.
Talk It Over
What keeps you from praying more frequently about the stuff that worries you?
Who might be able to pray with you about the worries that weigh you down?
How has prayer helped you overcome worry in the past?
This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.