Worry as a back-door into Prayer
« For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. » Ecclesiastes 1:18
One of the deadly sorrows of our day is knowledge. We have a grasp of history, which enables us to see the true depths of evil humanity is capable of. Couple that with a global vision of all of the evil that man is currently engaged in, and it does not take a genius to put two and two together, and see nothing but darkness behind, around, and especially ahead of our troubled race. How can we help the dark clouds of fear from blotting out the sun?
« Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. » Philippians 4:6
So here’s my new rule of thumb. If I’m becoming anxious about something, it’s because God wants me to pray about it. Isis and Trump are, apparently, in great need of prayer these days. So is my health, and so are the futures of my kids.
« Which of you, by worrying about it, can add one hour to their life? » (Matthew 6:27)
None of us. Indeed, it is through worry that we shorten our lives and fill them with woe. But through prayer, we can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). And through prayer, we, ourselves, can be moved to that most unprovable place: to peace.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will (E)guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)