But don’t brush this off as trite and simplistic.
Every other way of dealing with fears and anxieties relies on some technology, medicine, and/or self-talk. But we all know—even children know—that our anxieties need the right person, and you and I know that Person!
Have you tried this when you are anxious?
Have you ever answered your anxious thoughts with Scripture-led prayer?
It turns out that this seemingly simple and available-to-all teaching is one of the hidden and underused treasures of Scripture. It only sounds trite if you haven’t practiced it. It is simple, but, like the simple instruction to “love one another,” it takes a lifetime to master.
So, what happens when we answer our anxious thoughts with Scripture-led prayer?
Occasionally, prayer comes even before my anxiety is full-blown. When that happens, I marvel at the power of God that equips me to do what is counterintuitive. Left to myself I spin out doomsday scenarios, hoping that my frenetic mind will stumble into some answers. But when I go to my heavenly Father and tell Him my worries, when I remember His words to me (an ever-present help in trouble), and when I thank Him for His care, the peace of Christ does begin to rule my heart and mind. It’s a miracle that still takes me by surprise."
"God is our refuge and strength,a very present[b] help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
For this passage to come alive to you and me, we have to know that God is near.
Paul mentions that right before he tells the Philippians to replace anxiety with prayer (Philippians 4:5). For the ancient Israelites, God was just on the other side of a curtain, residing in His Holy of Holies. Now, for us, Immanuel—God-with-us—is in us and we are in Him.
Are you persuaded that He wants you to talk to Him?
This is what happens in the best of relationships.
We speak of what is heavy on our hearts, and the other person never minimizes our struggle. Although the Lord knows your thoughts and feelings even before you do, He values you actually putting those thoughts and feelings into words and into prayer. Welcome to the deep wisdom of God that is available to us through Jesus! Welcome to don’t be anxious . . . PRAY!
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Fear and anxiety are chronic struggles for many, and they are only intensifying and increasing.
Best-selling author Edward T. Welch shares the comfort and peace of Jesus in fifty brief readings for those of us who wrestle with fear and anxiety.
Jesus cares for us, and in these readings, Welch invites readers to trust God for today, knowing He goes before us always.
Read a sample of A Small Book for the Anxious Heart here.
Last week, we looked at A Small Book for the Hurting Heart. Be sure to check back next Tuesday as we highlight A Small Book About a Big Problem.
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