“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.” — Philippians 4:6-7
Most of us tend to think too highly of ourselves. We love having the answers, and we tend to think we are right most of the time. We also fall prey to the notion that we are ultimately responsible for everything in our lives. Consequently, we spend a lot of time worrying because we somehow have come to believe that worry is a productive tool.
A businessman once drew up what he called a “Worry Chart,” in which he kept a record of his worries. He discovered that 40 percent of his worries were about things that probably would never happen, 30 percent were about past decisions that he could not now unmake, 12 percent were about other people’s criticism of him, and 10 percent were about his health. He concluded that only 8 percent of his worries were really legitimate–in other words, things he could do something about.
Most of us are like that businessman, aren’t we? Instead of spending our time concentrating on things we can control or change, we spend most of our time fretting over things that haven’t happened, won’t happen, or happened in the past and can’t be changed now.
The key to ridding our hearts and minds of unnecessary worry is to get our eyes off ourselves and on Jesus, through aggressive prayer. God rewards and active prayer life with peace. When you have that peace, you know that everything God leads you to do will ultimately glorify Him. Being preoccupied with His glory and not your worry will revolutionize your life and outlook.
I am finding that, with the challenges I face in these days, that I MUST spend more time in prayer and seeking His face than ever before! I am finding that my focus on Him alleviates the temptation and pressure to worry about the things that are going on around me.
We can look inward and be depressed; we can look around and be stressed, or we can look up (in prayer) and be blessed. I choose to look to my Sovereign!