1/11 – Choosing Praying over Worrying

This morning my thoughts go to the importance of praying about everything and not to worry. Can we change anything by worrying?

No, but things change when we ask, seek after God, believe His promises and place our trust in God.

I love what God’s Word says in: Hebrews 13:5-9 (NLT) “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” 

“Remember your leaders, who (spoke) taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.”

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange (teachings), new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.”

In Matthew, Jesus warns us NOT TO WORRY about anything…for your GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.

Matthew 6:30-34 (NIV) If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Let’s break this down for a clearer understanding…

Matthew 6: vs 31-34…(paraphrased) for by worrying we can never add any amount of time, not even a single hour, to our life. Rather than being like the pagans who are concerned about physical needs, the Lord’s disciples (Christians today) should be concerned about the things of God, His kingdom and His righteousness (living righteously). Then all these needs (things) will be supplied in God’s timing. This is the life of daily faith.

Worrying shows that one has “little faith” in what God can do (Matt. 6:30,you of little faith” also stated in vs. 8:26; 14:31; 16:8).

As a (follower of Christ) a disciple cares each day for the things God has trusted to him, God, his heavenly Father (Matthew 6:26, 32), cares for his daily needs.

Then all these needs (things) will be supplied in God’s timing. This is the life of daily faith. It does no good to worry-do not worry occurs three times (vs. 25, 31, 34, 27-28)—or be concerned about tomorrow for there are sufficient matters to attend to each day.

Again in Luke, Jesus talks about what is of MOST IMPORTANT…the things of God. Let me put this in today’s understanding.

(Luke 12:22-34) “If a person is occupied with the things of God, the true Master, how will he care for his ordinary needs in life, such as food, clothing, and shelter? The Pharisees in their pursuit of material things had never learned to live by faith.

Jesus told them and us, not to worry about these things, for life is more important than physical things. He cited several illustrations to prove His point. The birds of the air are fed by the heavenly Father, and the lilies of the field grow in such a way that their splendor is greater than even Solomon’s.

Jesus was saying, God has built into His Creation the means by which all things are cared for. The birds are fed because they diligently work to maintain their lives. They do not store up great amounts of food, but continually work.

And believers are far more valuable to God than birds! The lilies grow daily through a natural process. Therefore an individual need not be anxious about his existence.”

Now that we have established that God REALLY CARES for us and WILL TAKE CARE of us, we are not to worry.

We are to seek after God for WHO HE IS. Prayer, praise and worship, goes a long way in getting to know God. He has sent the Holy Spirit to be in us and to be our everyday helper and guide.

As always, love in Christ Jesus,
Paul Lundmark

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