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Don’t worry, pray!

September 16th, 2009 Posted in encouragement, essentials, Pastor's corner, sermons, travel

Why should we pray? There are many things I could say in response, but here is another reason why.

Prayer is the way by which God helps us to overcome our anxiety and worry.

We all know that life is full of troubles. We all struggle with concerns about our health, safety, family, finances, etc.

In light of that, what should we do? Answer: Pray!

It’s been said, “If your knees are shaking, kneel on them!”

God’s cure for worry

So, the next time you are suddenly gripped with worry, turn it into a prayer.

The apostle Paul reminds us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Peace guaranteed

Notice that Paul doesn’t say, “Pray about everything . . . if you do this, your problems will go away.” Rather, it says, “If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.”

Now that is not to say that God cannot or will not remove your problem (or problems) because He sometimes does just that. But often, He will give us His strength and peace in the midst of the problem. In other words, we are able to put things into the proper perspective.

If you have a “Big God”–by which I mean that you see God for who He really is–you will have “small problems.”

It comes down to this:

  • Big God/small problems
  • Big problems/small God

This Thursday

I will speak more on this important topic on Thursday night in Orange County. For more info, click here.

Also, I will speak on the same topic this coming Sunday at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside. For more info on that, click here.

I am coming to NYC this weekend!

I am speaking in New York City this coming Saturday, September 19. I will be joining my friends Raul Ries, Bob Coy, and Mike Finizio for a spiritual growth conference called How to Walk.

For more info on that, click here.

4 Responses to “Don’t worry, pray!”

  1. Martha Turner says:

    Wow! Thank you for the message, I will turn my worries into pray and live in His perfect peace.

    Stay Bless

  2. Mary says:

    Just what I needed to hear too.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you Pastor Greg it is a great thing to know that GOD is Big and our problems are small because knowing God nothing is too big for him but he is Big to us.

  4. Larry Pyle says:

    Philippians 4:6-7, just what I needed to hear today!!!! Thanks.

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