“I’m worried, Lord.” How many times have you used that phrase in prayer? I’ve lost count. I take my troubles to the Lord but struggle with completely leaving them with Him. I have a bad habit of unwillingly picking them back up and continuing to carry the load.
A couple of Sunday’s ago our Pastor mentioned something very profound in his sermon that hit me like a ton of bricks. It was along the lines of the Lord asking
“Are you coming to me in worry or are you coming to me in faith?”
I know that I should pray in complete faith not even giving things a second thought but, I’m only human. It’s maddening because I know this cycle is the enemy’s deception and all of the “what ifs” in my world are caused by him. He preys and causes distress when he knows I’ve had a rough time. It’s a weakness of mine.
It’s not like I pray not believing that God will handle it all, it’s more like I continue to dwell needlessly on it and have to remind God in prayer about my situation sometimes. Yes, I am fully aware of how ridiculous that sounds. Maybe the reminding is more of me needing to remind myself God has it and I need to leave it.
Next week marks a big step for my family. As I cooked dinner tonight I caught myself thinking about what the week holds and inwardly praying “I’m worried, Lord.” Once again those words from the Pastor hit me. It was almost as if I was cut off mid-thought with “You’ve already prayed about this, why are you worrying again?”
In my mind, I KNOW God has this situation in the palm of His almighty hand. I know that He’s in control. So…”Yes, Lord” is all I can reply and once again, lay it at His feet.
Thank goodness I have enough sense (most days) to remember that I’m a work in progress.
Surely I’m not the only one who struggles with this and runs this hamster wheel…
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Mark 11:22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered
Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.