Do you have a problem with worry? Maybe you are exhausted from worrying about everything from your family to the economy to the condition of the world. Join me for a 40 Day Challenge starting Monday, June 18th, and let’s wage war on worry!
We’ll practice some of the training tips in my new book Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars: Learning to Hear the Voice of God. I will “coach” you through a series of steps that will help you grow closer to God through prayer, and in the process, kick worry to the curb.
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I didn’t have to learn how to worry. It just came naturally as a by-product of an overactive imagination, a curious mind, and a relentless memory. Marriage and a family only brought more responsibility, and therefore more things to worry about. I agree with my friend who defines worry with the acronym: W.O.R.R.Y: Worry-Only-Robs-Rest-from-You. It’s true. Worry is exhausting.
I was inspired by Paul’s letter to some persecuted Christians. They were always in danger of getting killed, and therefore had lots to worry about. “Don’t worry about anything,” he encouraged them. “Instead, pray about everything.” I was struck by the word instead. Paul didn’t just stay stop worrying. He said, instead of worrying, pray. It seemed to me like he was saying to redirect the energy of worry into prayer. Maybe I could use all that furious energy of anxiety to work for me instead of against me!
I understood that concept. It sounded a little like a trick I had learned back in high school when I took karate in between my sports seasons. I was taught to use the enemy’s energy against him. A violent attack could be redirected to incapacitate my attacker. The Bible reminds us that we are in a spiritual battle. “Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done.” Paul adds. “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 NLT).
Reminder: When you are tempted to worry this week, try redirecting all that energy into prayer!