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Worry vs peaceful prayer

'Offer up your prayers and requests to God.' Philippians 4:6 CEV

The Bible says, '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 (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV). When we pray more, we worry less. So, this is our choice: pray about it or worry about it.

Prayer gives the problem to God. Does it mean that the first time we pray, we won't worry about the problem at all? No. It means we'll gradually worry less. When our goal is to give our struggles completely to God and not worry about it, we get there step by step. God's not asking us to exist in a state of denial. Instead he offers an alternative to the pointless and exhausting habit of worry: 'Pray without ceasing' (1 Thessalonians 5:17). A thirty-second prayer won't rid us of all anxiety; what will work is praying off and on throughout the day - as we drive, at work, before our lunch break, when we get that difficult phone call, when we're disappointed by something.

Pray from friendship, not from white-knuckled fear. Your heavenly Father, who is deeply touched by your struggles, loves it when you ask him for help. He's right there, ready to step in. Just invite him to do it.

So what now? Picture the most helpful friend you can: the best handyman, consoler, and organiser rolled into one. Then picture Jesus, who is a hundred times that person. Now imagine putting your struggles into his hands. That's the way to real peace.

Soulfood: Job 15-17 Luke 17:20-37 Ps 19 Pro 8:6-7,

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