“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6 NLT).


What is worry? Isn’t it anxious self-talk? It’s an internal conversation between you and you. Worry circles around your head like a cloud of gnats that you can’t swat away. What is prayer? It’s talking to God. Why not take the same amount of effort that you’re putting into worry and turn them into prayer? Paul taught us to stop worrying and to start praying. Worry at its heart is an expression of doubt. It is the opposite of faith. Didn’t Jesus say, “Do not worry” (Matt. 6:25)?
Worry is sin, but prayer is an expression of faith. Prayer causes us to lift our eyes from self to our Savior. Prayer pleases God. Even more, when we lift our worries to God, we experience “the peace of God which surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7). So, turn your worries into prayers!
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You that we can lift all our concerns up to You. For You love us and are always ready to hear us. As we begin this day, we name each day’s concern to You, asking for the peace of God to replace any anxiety we have. Now strengthen and empower us to live for You today by the indwelling presence of Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.