Anxiety is not a new problem for the 21st century. Although we might feel like we live in the most stressful time ever, anxiety has always been in around (just read the book of Psalms in the Old Testament – many of Psalms are about stress and worry).
Yesterday, I shared I Peter 5:7 about casting your cares and anxiety on God and letting him handle your problems. We give our worry to God through prayer.
Today, Philippians 4:6 emphasizes the same principle of prayer for anxiety.
In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.Philippians 4:6
Let’s break down Paul’s advice on anxiety.
First, he says we should be anxious in nothing. We should not worry. Period. Why could he say this confidently? Because Paul knew God was in control of all things and nothing could separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:28-29).
Next, Paul tells us to pray and share are requests with God. He also adds to pray with thanksgiving. Could it be our struggles and trials are something we should be thankful for? Many times we grow in our faith during difficult times. We can be thankful when our faith is strengthened.
Last, he tells us to make our requests known. Did you know when you pray you can pray boldly with your request? You shouldn’t be afraid or worried you are bothering God with your problems or that he cannot handle them.
If you continue reading Philippians 4:7, Paul adds to let the peace of God dwell in your heart. After you have prayed and handed your anxiety to God, you can trust him and let the peace of God guard your heart and mind. Remember, anxiety begins in the mind (usually worrying about things we cannot control).
Today, when you feel anxious, remember worry is not God’s plan for you. He wants you pray and share your requests with him and let the peace God dwell in you.