Feeling anxious today? Look at what Paul said about anxiety:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6, 7)
Anxieties are divine prayer prompts. Like a script reader calling out lines backstage, the Holy Spirit allows anxieties to rise within our spirits to urge us toward prayer and toward divine solutions for everyday problems.
Will you allow your anxieties to drive you to worry, to fear and dread, or will you allow your anxieties to signal needs to be presented in prayer?
God desires to work, but we must pray. Prayer is the gateway through which heaven breaks into earth. God uses prayer as the creative word-declaration that releases his will into the world. In order to work in the world, God has partnered with pray-ers–people who pray. And anxieties are often the only way that we (in our inexperienced faith) know how to respond to the Spirit.
So what will you do with your anxieties today? Panic? Or pray?