A Prescription for Worry

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

The afternoon my mother had an unexpected stroke was also the first day I began my morning by praying God’s word out loud. Although I felt silly walking around my bedroom talking to myself, I realized after a few minutes that my mind was less distracted than when I prayed silently. I could hear the power behind the words I was saying. All of a sudden, the words from Philippians 4:6 came to my mind. Although I didn’t understand the reason, the words came pouring out of my mouth.

Later that afternoon after receiving the phone call from my Dad, I understood why. My parents lived over 500 miles away so jumping in the car and rushing to the hospital was not feasible. I felt helpless. Then I remembered the verse from that morning. God was preparing my heart for the coming news.

In that piece of Scripture, Paul gives a prescription for worry. A step-by-step guide. As you submit your requests to God, give thanks to Him for his constant faithfulness. Remind yourself of all the times in the past when He had delivered you, and remember it is impossible for Him to break his promises. An unexplainable peace will carry you through your difficult time.

God, thank you for your faithfulness. Help me to continually focus my attention on You instead of my worry. Amen.

By Abby, La Vale, MD