Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Worry will not get you what you want; most likely it will yield you what you do not want. The starting point of worry is uncertainty as to how things will work out; thereafter, it evolves into a full blown fear that an outcome that you do not want to see will materialize. Because fear is believing that something negative will happen, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, since what you believe is what you receive. From the foregoing it can be seen that worrying does more harm than good and should be avoided at all cost. It is with this in mind why we were encouraged by Paul in Philippians 4:6 to “be careful for nothing”. The essence of the scripture is to practice not worrying about anything.
Rather than worry about what you don’t want to see; ask God for what you want by faith. The scripture points us to how to defeat worry; it says “let your request be made known to God”. Asking God for what you want takes your focus off what you don’t want and builds your faith towards what you do want. The scripture prescribes the avenue through which we must ask God for what we want; it says “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving”. Notice that the verse never just stopped at prayer; very often it will take more than one prayer to get the result you want to see. It encourages us to engage also in supplication, which is earnestly and persistently asking God’s involvement in a matter. Prayer and supplication should be accompanied with thanksgiving. With an expectation that God will come through, give Him thanks for what you have prayed about as if you have already received it.
Now that it is clear that worry will not give you the result that you want? Ask God for what you want knowing that Psalms 84:11 says “no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly”.
Life Application: Become more aware of the thoughts and quickly turn your worry into a prayer goal when they arise.
Prayer: Lord, I will admit that there are many times that I have worried about things in my life. Thank you for your reassurance that you will not withhold any good thing from me if I walk uprightly. Keep me on the right path. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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