A while back, I was talking with someone who had been facing some difficult times and I was encouraging them to turn their worry into prayer. Just think…if we were to personally talk with God... every time worry was to enter our thoughts; then just imagine the connection we would have with God each day?
I remember a time, when I would allow worry to take control of my thoughts, until I felt all alone with a problem that definitely had full control of my thinking…but over time, I came to see that worry was never going to take me anywhere or make the problem any better; so I began to get alone with God and talk with Him in a personal way…just as though He was standing right before me. Now, I’m learning to lean more and more on God and I just love the time, when I sit and pour myself out before Him.
Why do we allow worry to take control, while allowing these worrisome thoughts to lead us down a road that only adds anxiety and frustration to the problems that we’re already facing? Can worry cure our problem and can it bring peace to our troubled minds? I don’t know about you but I have found that worry only leads me further away from God, while drawing me closer to the problem.
Through time, I have come to see that Satan allows worry to become his trap…a trap where he can catch us in a moment of weakness and keep our moments of affliction alive, while controlling our every thought. I don’t know about you but one problem is hard enough to handle...let alone adding to it, with a mind that only gets out of control with worry, doubt and fear. Today, we need to realize that Satan isn’t only out to afflict us but he’s also trying to keep that affliction alive, in any way he can think of and when he sees that worry is a weak point in our lives; then this becomes the moment when he lures us in its direction and once he has us connected with thoughts of worry, doubt and fear; then he begins to remind us constantly, of where this trial can lead us...until we begin to believe his words.
In Philippians 4:6-7, we read… “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Right now, we need to let go of the hand of worry and begin to reach out to God through a heart of prayer. When we can turn our worry into quiet moments with God; then we will begin to see that as we let God have every need; then there will be no reason for Satan to step in and have control...and from there, we will come to experience an eternal peace...a peace that can sustain us through what seems to be the most difficult storm.