Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Sometimes we make things harder than they should be. We see today’s verse and we think it is about ceasing to worry. However it is more about beginning to pray. It is a matter of substitution. Worry can become a habit and a habit is a cue that leads to a behavior and results in a reward. Paul is saying to take the cue, the situation that sends a warning to your mind, and change the behavior. Instead of worry, substitute prayer. He writes, “Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” And here is the good news. We get a better reward! While we believe our worrying and fretting gives us some sort of protection or peace, Paul says that prayer gives us so much more! He writes, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Today, when a troubling thought comes your way, stop the worrying and substitute it with prayer.
Dear Father, help me not to worry about anything but to pray to You about everything. Help me to experience Your peace. Guard my heart and my mind as I live in the awareness of Christ and His love.
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