prayers of worry

Don't worry.Have you ever prayed this kind of prayer: “Oh, God, we don’t know how we’re going to pay our bills next month.  Please provide the work for us to have the cash we need…?”  I know I have!  It’s a prayer of worry.  The good thing is at least we know to take our concerns to the Lord.  Yet, do we still worry after we have prayed?  The Father says, “when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”  Ouch!  Harsh words recorded in James 1:6-7.

What is a child of God to do?  How do we really believe that we’ll receive our needs as we have asked in prayer?

There are a couple of things we need to do.  First, we must become very familiar with God’s Word.  “Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night” (Psalm 1: 1-2).  By fixing our minds on the inspired Word of God, we become more in tune with His character, His ways, and His promises.  The promise found in Philippians 4:19 would totally eliminate my sheepish request of God to give me money to pay bills, because He has already promised to “supply all my needs.”

Next, we pray prayers of thanksgiving.  Instead of worrying about the needed funds, as in the example above, we begin thanking God that the answer is on its way.  How can I believe for that before I even see it, you ask?  You can believe it because you have the written promise of God to stand on.  Because you are a student of His Word, you know HE DOES NOT LIE.

If you have a tendency to worry, doubt or distrust the Father in heaven, I want to encourage you to start believing Him one promise at a time.  I wish I could say that there is a fast-track to total faith, but there isn’t.  You and I simply dig into the Scriptures and apply the truths to our lives, and along the way, we discover more and more just how faithful He is.

I’ll close with a challenge:  I’ve come to realize that we have no need to beg of God for anything.  He has already taken care of everything we need for a victorious life through the sacrifice of the Son and His resurrection.  Now, we New Testament believers know that “no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20).  And, I truly love the way the Message Bible translates this same thought out of 1 Corinthians 1:7-

Just think- you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all!  All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale.

So, if you’re in the mood to do some pleading with God, ask Him to send His Son to gather His Church and take us home.  Anything other than that has already been completed in the redeeming work of Christ, so thank Him, and take hold of the gifts of God.

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