“Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.” (Philippians 4: 6-7, the Message Bible)
Worry may seem natural and also justified. We may feel our situation or even our disposition makes worrying our go-to response.
But we can be alert to this tendency and disown it. We can take the very concerns that we have and make them occasions to draw closer to God, to get at the heart of what is troubling us, and to find an answer of Truth and healing.
This may not all happen in a moment, but as we consciously begin to pray and praise—opening ourselves up to solutions and solace, comfort and calm—things change for the better. We begin to feel a hope rising up, and that blossoms into expectation. Then we can gain that sense of peace that is more natural to us than anxiety. We know it will all be okay.
This choice to pray—to consciously connect with God, good, Love—settles us down. It brings harmony to this moment and reveals light as we look ahead to tomorrow.
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