Philippians 4:6, NLT “ Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
When a person worries, they are thinking about the potential negative outcomes about a situation at hand. Many times in worrying, the person involved tries to consider various rational thoughts, and even the rationale of a good outcome usually comes with a contradictory thought that causes the person to worry more.
Many think worrying is a natural response, and hence normal, but Scripture commands “Don’t worry about anything”. This suggests to me that we have a choice to worry or not worry. This means that when the first thought that spirals into many thoughts causing me to worry comes, I have a choice to dismiss it or entertain it. If we are not to worry, then what do we do? The answer is in our focus. Worrying focuses on the potentially negative outcome, we can focus on the hope of God’s word. He says to “pray”. We are to pray and petition God and seal the deal with thanksgiving. Find out what God has said in His word about the situation you may be facing. Take His words to Him in prayer, and thank Him for the response.
In prayer we are meditating on God’s promises which are good. The hope of God’s word is positive against every adverse circumstance that we may face. Once that is done we must choose peace. Peace says I know everything is alright and I am at rest in that fact. Be peaceful; resist the urge to worry with everything in you, and by refocusing your thoughts in thanksgiving on the word of God.
Scriptures to Meditate: Psalm 27:1-3, Phil.4:7, Isa.26:3, Col.3:15, 2 Cor.10:5