Word 4U Today



What happens when you pray instead of worry?

Legend-of-the-Christian-faith Charles Spurgeon said

“Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength… and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God.”

Deep, huh? Let’s look at those two things: what changes in you, and then what happens with God.

Prayer means you’re speaking out your worry.

You’re naming it.

You have to think through what it *is* so that you can get it out of your mouth. Otherwise it stays stuck in your mind, juuust under your awareness, putting moths (not just butterflies!) in your stomach even though you can’t quite put your finger on what it is. Name that worry and you shine a light on it.

Prayer means you have to think and reflect, and that helps you to understand what you’re dealing with.

Then there’s the fact that you’re giving it to God. Once you’ve prayed your worry, you’ve shone a light on it to yourself to know what it is – which is reassuring – but the prayer has also gone up to God, who will respond and will move to help you. God is the one who can do the heavy lifting with the object of your fear, whatever it might be. And that should be something that gives a troubled mind the “peace of God”.

What now?

Send your fear packing. Pray. Now. God’s the one who can act on the object of your fear, but the act of praying will also reassure you that Fear doesn’t control you.

Verse of the Day

‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.’

Philippians 4:6 NLT

Joy Ferdiz

February 3rd, 2014

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