Worry is as real as the possibilities of horrible things that can happen to our family and friends. I know instinctively that I should trust God, but anxiety gets the best of me and worry about what could happen takes over. Instead of believing God can change things; believing he has a purpose; believing he can move mountains; I become impatient with his ability to do anything. My purposes and desires become my religion.
That’s when I feel God touch me with a bit of wisdom. “Turn your anxiety to prayer,” He tells me. Suddenly I became aware that the feeling of anxiety is a call to prayer. The uneasy feeling that something awful may happen to someone means it is time to pray for that person. They are under attack by the evil one and they need our prayers. If I let worry take over, I end up not praying.
The key for me is to pray when those feelings of concern for others arise. I may still worry, still feel anxious, but if I don’t lose sight of praying for that person, that is good. There are people I know who are out there in the world without the armor of the Spirit of God to protect them. They need me to come to their defense. If I let my worry overtake my ability to pray for them, they become defenseless.
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And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. – Matthew 13:22 (NASB)