Breaking the Chains of Worry: Pray About Everything
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’' peace,which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
Something will wake me up in the middle of my sleep -- usually it is a hot flash, bathroom stop or Dave tossing and turning. And right when I am ready to snuggle in and go back to sleep -- bam -- that is when they hit me and overtake any hope for sleep -- worries -- my terrors of the night! And to make matters worse, my worries always seem bigger -- more magnified -- more terrifying in the middle of the night.
I have learned though that focusing and ruminating on all of my worries brings no resolution to my problems or cares nor does it allow for sleep but bringing my cares before God -- my helper -- does.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)
How awesome is it that we as children of God can take our worries to God and know that He hears our prayers.
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17
And He not only hears our prayers but He answers them.
I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1
And it is even more comforting and assuring knowing that ...
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
So now when I wake up in the middle of the night and my terrors of the night consume me --
I turn to God, give Him all my worries and cares through prayer and then ... I will lie down and sleep in peace, For you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. PSALM 4:8
I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. Psalm 63:6-8 (NLT)
On the journey with you,
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