Why do I put myself out there week after week telling you about my struggle with worry and anxiety?
Because I hated it! And if, by God’s grace, one or two of you might be spared the emotional, mental, and physical suffering that accompanies perpetual worry … I will shout my story from the rooftops.
In all honesty, the problem for me was … weak faith.
I had a list of things that terrified me. Things I believed I couldn’t survive even with all of God’s promises to the contrary.
Luke chapter 12 begins with these words spoken by Jesus…
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life.”
And then the promise…
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need.”Luke 12:31
Everything! No qualifiers. No exceptions.
Look at what follows…
“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.Luke 12:32
“Great happiness” … your Father will not withhold a thing from those who seek Him.
The Life Application Notes say…
To “seek the Kingdom of God above all else” means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with His desires, to take His character for your pattern, and to serve and obey H
Oh, how I wish I could consistently do that!
I know, when I put God first, when I fill my thoughts with His truth and promises, when I prayerfully want what He wants for me, and when I spend my time living for Him – I’m not worried!
So, today I’m praying God’s promises and asking Him to help me seek Him first, to increase my faith, and trust His promises to give me everything I need when I’m worried. I’d love for you to join me…
5 Prayers that will Increase Your Faith When You are Worried
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.Isaiah 41:10
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Father, I need You to hold me up. I need You to strengthen me and help me.
I don’t want to worry. I don’t want to be afraid or discouraged. My heart wants to seek You first and trust You completely.
Please help me. By the power of Your Spirit, fill my thoughts with Your truth, Your promises. Help me want what You want for me. Help me know that if You have not allowed something … if it’s not in Your will then it’s not for my good. Even when I don’t understand.
With Your Spirit’s help, I will surrender this day to You trusting that You will give me everything I need. Amen.
“Be still, and know that I am God!Psalm 46:10–11
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
1The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
Father, for this moment … quiet my mind and my spirit as I sit here with You. I know You are sovereign, Lord of lords and King of kings. Whether people realize it today or not, at some point every knee will bow before You. You will be honored everywhere by everyone.
And the overwhelming miracle … You love me. You are with me. You care for me. You call me Your child.
So, like a little child is unafraid curled up in her daddy’s lap … I will rest in You! The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is with me protecting me. I have nothing to worry about! Amen.
So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you.1 Peter 4:19
Father, suffering is never pleasant and honestly, it’s hard to imagine that any suffering “pleases” You. Yet, Your Word tells us
You never fail Your children. I believe that! You have proven it time after time. Thank you! I will trust You! I will stand secure on the promise that Your grace is sufficient to meet every need every day. Amen.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.Matthew 6:33–34
Father, Help me want You more than anything.
Jesus said that Your Kingdom is a priceless treasure, (Matthew 13:44) worth more than anything this world can offer; yet, You give it as a gift. By Your grace, You give Your children … peace, joy, patience, hope, love, and so much more. I have no reason to worry when I know You will give me what I need.
Please help me keep my heart and mind focused on You today, trusting that whatever this day offers You are with me and You are all I need. Amen.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.Psalm 73:26
Father, thank you for giving me this promise to hold in my heart as I lived through that painful and difficult time. You proved to me that You are able to give me the strength I need each moment. Day after day, You showed me that You will never leave or forsake me. You are mine forever. Whatever happens I can trust in You and that is a truth I can hold close any time I am tempted to worry. Amen.
I’d love to be able to tell you that I’m worry-free but you probably wouldn’t believe me anyway. Understandably!
Although, I’ll admit I still have “what-if” thoughts … I no longer live consumed by those thoughts. With God’s help, I’m able to prayerfully give my worries to God as I ask Him to replace them with “everything I need.”
And He is faithful, which is why…
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things You do.Psalm 73:28
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