Prayer, Not Anxiety.
28th JUNE, 2021
Do not be anxious about anything; but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God in everything; [Philippians 4:6 AFV]
Imagine what a soldier at war, deep behind enemy lines and hasn’t made any contact with his/her commanding base will be going through. The lack of communication will generate a lot of concern; what are the tactics of the enemy?; is help coming?; what is the best mode of engagement?; amongst others are likely to pop up. But should the soldier be in constant communication with the base and gets all the necessary information and commands, knowing the pedigree of his/her commander will always overcome the enemy, he/she will still remain extremely confident even behind enemy lines.
To be anxious is to express intense worry and fear about the outcome of a situation you are uncertain of. As believers, we are called to a life of unwavering faith in the LORD. Our absolute trust must be in no other thing or person except the LORD. Psalms 136 gives us good reasons why we can depend on and trust in the LORD; His steadfast love endures forever [kindly read the chapter]. The LORD is not playing games with you; He has no ulterior motive to disappoint you as we can see from 1 John 1:5 and James 1:17.
If this is our GOD, why then do we entertain anxiety in our hearts? To be anxious is to doubt the ability of God to keep His word and fulfil His promises. It is like casting a vote of no confidence in Him.
To be anxious is to declare to the LORD that you could have done a better job of dealing with the situation if you were in His position — Pastor Elton.
Instead of being anxious, do what Psalms 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Stay in constant communication with the LORD and know His will towards you. God has already worked out things for your good, so even when you confront difficult situations, offer your petitions to the LORD in the spirit of thanksgiving as our verse for today points out.
Heavenly Father, forgive me for every time I have been anxious about any situation in my life. As Your word has come to me today, please grant me a deep-seated conviction of Your faithfulness towards me, even as I make my supplications known to You in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Further Reading: Matthew 6:25–33
Bible In One Year: Proverbs [17–20]