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Don't Worry, Just Pray
Sunday, April 14 2013

Philippians 4:6-7...

When the stress of this life begins to overwhelm you, turn it over to Jesus:

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7, NAB

Worry.  Stress. Anxiety.  Each of these can have crippling effects on our lives - weighing us down and stopping us from moving forward.  But there is a way to overcome the burden of worry, stress, and anxiety: prayer.  Open your heart to Jesus in prayer, and He will bring you peace.

Life happens, and a natural part of life is stress.  It makes challenging times even more difficult.  And we often think of stress coming at only the most difficult stages of our lives, but it can even come in the good times, as well.  Some of our greatest joys can also bring the most stress.

As one example of stress in the midst of joy, my wife and I are expecting a baby, and, of course, we are very excited; however, there are things to worry about, as well.  We have to prepare our home for the baby, figure out childcare, and worry about being able to provide for our growing family.  Obviously, our baby-to-be is one of life's greatest blessings, but this joyous occasion can bring stress along with it.

Often times, we turn to Christ in prayer when we are struggling, but almost feel ashamed to ask Him for help in the good times.  We feel that our anxieties are unjustified and assume that we should handle them on our own.  Despite these feelings, Christ understands our anxiety and wants us to come to Him for help.

I feel confident that my wife and I will be ready when the baby comes.  Not because of our ability alone, but because I know Christ will be with us the whole way.  He offers a peace that only He can give.  I trust in His will for our family, and I know that everything will be ready for our little bundle of joy.

In your times of stress, in good times and in bad, bring your worries and anxieties to Jesus in prayer, and He will bring you peace.  Don't worry, just pray.  The Lord is always with you.


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