January 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, 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 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, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them (NLT).

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, And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So, don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today (NLT).

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, Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be (NLT).

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.

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