Thinking, Not Praying:
Lately I felt the Lord was convicting me about how sometimes I am thinking about something, but not actually praying about it.
It’s so easy to get into a mental tizzy of worry under the label of “thinking about what to do.”
No, sometimes it’s more than that. If I’m honest, sometimes I’m not just thinking about the situation, I’m worrying about it…on my own (ahem, apart from God).
Hello! Worrying is sin! I felt like it was an aha. A little refresher about the wretchedness of this transgression.
For God’s Word instructs us:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” - Philippians 4:6
This is a command: do not be anxious.
And I am to obey God’s commands, for obeying God’s commands can open the way for it to go well with us (see Deuteronomy 12:28).
And I don’t know about you, but I want it to go well with me!
So, wherever I need to get back in alignment with God’s commands I want to do so, even that I might experience maximum wellness!
Cure for Worry
As I was thinking about the sin of worry, I started to get worried that I was worrying! Well, that didn’t lead to much freedom, but just tightened my thoughts into a greater stress ball.
But then I was reminded of God’s ability to set people free from sin. He can cure folks of all kinds of sin – even habitual sin and addictions. So, of course He can deliver me from worry!
And what’s the cure?
Well, it tells us right there in the verse what we are to be doing instead of being anxious: we are to be presenting our requests to God with thanksgiving, prayer, and petition.
So, I guess you could say I decided to change tactics – instead of focusing on not worrying or just letting my mind mull over a perplexing quandary, what if I focus on praying about my concerns, talking to God about them, and also give Him thanks?
Whenever I may start to “think” without God, I want to invite Him in to my situation through prayer rather than letting my own flesh end up in a ball of mental angst.
And guess what? Worry has diminished.
Instead of fighting the battle with “I’m worrying…Stop worrying, Lisa,” I have chosen to pray and give thanks. And I have been talking to God about the situations I’m facing – even those about which I don’t have answers – inviting Him into my thoughts. I’m finding that He speaks to me when I’ve confessed my sin and inquire of Him. And sometimes His response to my bringing requests before Him is the revelation of His truth in accordance with His Word…even sometimes providing specific, relevant feedback for things that could have just been stressful worries.
Have you found the cure for worry?