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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Worry and Prayer Just Don't Mix

" If you're going to pray don't worry and if you're going to worry don't pray." I don't remember where I first heard this quote, but it's something that has stuck with me. So what's the big deal if we worry a little? I mean, as a parent I am sure you feel it is completely justifiable to worry about the safety of your children. As we all have seen on the news, there are a lot of dangerous people in this world and something could go wrong at any minute. Does that mean if you pray for the safety of your children then you should stop worrying about them? Well actually, yes it does. You might feel like that's a little harsh, and it might be, but it's the truth.

Paul tells in Philippians, "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6) And right after that he tells what what will happen when we do that. The Holy Spirit will give us a peace that surpasses ALL understanding. Meaning it will be a peace that you human words cannot describe. And let me tell you, I have experienced that peace and it is the most freeing feeling I have ever experienced, knowing there is absolutely nothing I have to be afraid of. And you can experience it to. 

The God of the UNIVERSE will not let the storms over take you. He will not let the waters overcome you for you have a savior who has overcome death. It is true we will suffer in this life, but there are eternal glories waiting for us in Heaven. Jesus suffered greatly, but God glorified him by raising him from the dead and placing him at his right hand to be our mediator. He will do the same His children. Take your worries, fears, and anxieties to God. Offer them up to Him and let Him have them. Do not hold on to them. God has made many promises and he has kept every one. He promised us life and He has given us a way to eternal life, through his son Jesus Christ. It will be hard and there will be times where we are tempted to doubt, and when that happens remember this promise, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you." Isaiah 43:2

This song has been a great reminder to me that God doesn't promise us an easy life, but He does promise us that He will ALWAYS be there. Enjoy! 

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