Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.Philippians 4:6
There are so many things today that cause people to worry. There are the worries of the world. There are worries in our country, including the threat of terrorism. Then there are personal worries, such as health, financial and family worries.
It seems as though worries are always there, always closing in on us. But worry isn’t productive. In fact, it’s a sin, a failure to trust God. The word worry comes from an Old English term that means “to strangle” or “choke.” That is what worry does. It chokes us. Worry does not resolve tomorrow’s sorrow; it empties today’s strength.
Modern medical research has proven that worry breaks down our resistance to disease. It affects the nervous system, the digestive organs and the heart. In fact, 80 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are stress related.
Philippians 4:6–7 says, “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
We need to turn our worries into prayer. That requires developing a conditioned reflex. We all have natural reflexes, like when we touch something hot and immediately pull back. And there are conditioned reflexes, something that becomes natural after we’ve done it a number of times. For instance, standing when the national anthem is played.
We can’t control our universe, as hard as we try, but we certainly can pray about it. The next time you’re tempted to worry, pray instead. Turn your worries into prayers.