Prayer

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

I was driving the other day when I saw a car with a student driver sign on top. I gave the car a wide berth, because I knew they were learning. I give student drivers a lot of space because they’re still figuring out how to drive.

But once we’ve been driving awhile we find ourselves eating burritos, talking on the phone, and adjusting the radio, all at the same time. I don’t recommend this but over time driving becomes second nature to us. It becomes a conditioned reflex.

And we have natural reflexes. If we touch something hot, we immediately pull back. We don’t even think about it.

So, when it comes to worry, we need to develop a conditioned or natural reflex. We need to turn our worries into prayers. When something alarming or threatening comes our way, our natural reflex is to panic. But the conditioned reflex the biblical says we need to develop is prayer.

Paul says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done”. Notice that he tells us to pray about everything, not just the big or scary things. Everything.

God is interested in big things and little things. God is interested in whatever concerns you, big or small. So the next time you’re tempted to worry, pray instead.

David Ball
Pastor