It’s natural and normal for you to be anxious, but you don’t have to stay that way! Your anxiety can stem from your inability to solve problems on your own power, and the Apostle Paul encourages you with a way to relieve your bad feelings and replace them with hopeful, faith-filled ones.
Prayer is us talking to God, and faith is believing that He not only hears us but will answer our prayers according to His perfect will, time and plan for our lives. Thanksgiving helps you emotionally focus on the One who has the power to change things, and, again, your faith, which is a gift from God, can free you to move on, to break free from that overwhelmed feeling even if there’s no evidence that you can see or feel that things have changed.
Us believing that God has a plan and purpose for our lives leads to embracing that, no matter what the circumstance, things will work out for the good. Look at Joseph’s story, or Hannah’s. Or David’s. Or Abraham’s. God’s will, plan and purpose came to pass in His time.
Encouraging Scripture: Philippians 4:6, Romans 8:28a
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God.
Father God, please help me to live Your word, where I am told not to be anxious about anything and to focus on the positive and off the negative. Grant me all that I need including the faith that You make all things right even if I can’t. Please grant me the patience and forbearance to wait for Your perfect timing regarding the things that overwhelm me right now. Let me feel Your loving, supportive encouraging presence as I embrace Your word in scripture and in this inspired teaching. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Can you ask God to help you focus on things you can handle while you choose to leave the things you can’t do with Him?
2. Can you ask God to help you endure the waiting and grant you what He granted David, Joseph, Hannah and so many others in His hall of faith?
3. Have you been overwhelmed before now and asked God for help? How did He respond? What happened?
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