Anxiety-free…sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? Well, I’m sad to say that there’s no way to be completely free of anxiety. As human beings, that’s just impossible. But the good news is that with God’s help, we can get closer to being anxiety-free than we ever would have been without Him. Philippians 4:6 elaborates on this:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
This verse is pretty straight-forward. It’s saying that through prayer and petition we need to present our requests to God. And we shouldn’t do it with whining or complaining, either. We need to remember to give thanks; you may be surprised at just how many things in life we take for granted.
Remember this: God’s answer may not be what we want. But imagine if you got every single things you wanted growing up. It may sounds cool at first, but you’ll soon begin to realize that it wouldn’t work out very well in the end. God, our heavenly Father, doesn’t want to spoil us. He knows what’s best for us, and if we need something, He will give it to us.
When you’re anxious about something, the first thing you need to do is bring it to God in prayer. After you do that, stop worrying about it! God’s wisdom, love, and power is infinite; and He will do what is necessary to work out our problems for the best. We just need to leave it in His hands.
Paul (who wrote Philippians, among many, many other books in the New Testament) has more to say on this in Philippians 4:4:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Wow; Paul is so serious about this that he says it twice. Rejoice! When we lay down our burdens at God’s feet, we can rejoice in the knowledge that our problems are in the hands of the almighty God. And so, I will say it again: Rejoice!
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