“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything…Then…God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.” (Philippians 4: 6-7, Contemporary English Version)
Worrying will never get you anywhere. It isn’t powerful and it isn’t useful. It takes us away from the Source of all the answers instead of drawing us to the Truth that saves and heals. We don’t worry not because we are blind to trouble that seems to appear, but because we know the solution is found in prayer, that consecration and expectation that reveals perfect harmony. And this is peace.
I love this translation because it is so clear: less worrying, more praying; more praying, more peace; more peace, more control over thought and feeling. So, we are rescued from our fears, our anxieties, and our burdened thought by ceasing the human ruminating and fretting. To worry is to ply away at something ceaselessly, to concentrate efforts on the problem and not to let it go. And doing that wastes effort and keeps us focused on the problem, unable then to see the presence of the solution.
Let’s keep our grip on God and His thoughts, rather than the useless worry. That peace that comes of prayer, of quiet release to Love and the expectation of help and healing, will usher in all that is needed. It will bring inspiration, human guidance, and turn our eyes away from inward fixation and mesmerism, outward and upward where the available miracles can be seen and accepted into life.
Pray about everything. Nothing is too small. If you find yourself worrying, replace the futility with the usefulness of prayer and find that present and easy and natural blessing which is sweet peace.
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