Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)
Come To Me
I worry a lot. I have a lot of anxieties. I carry a very high level of stress. I know that worry and anxiety have been harming me physically, emotionally and spiritually. My energy and joy in life has been dragged down and diminished by worry and anxiety. How can I let go of worry? Even when I think I have cast my worries and anxieties on to you I seem to find a way to reel them back to me. How can I cast all my anxieties on to you? That’s a good question. Let me ask you a question.
Do you believe that I love you? Yes, of course I believe that you love me. Do you believe that I can and will help you with what causes worry and anxiety in you? Yes, I believe that you can and will help me with whatever causes me worry and anxiety. Are you sure about that? Why are you asking me if I am sure about that? If you believe that I can and will help you wouldn’t it make sense for you to come to me to ask for my help? You hardly ever ask for my help when you are worried and filled with anxiety. That’s a problem, isn’t it? Yes, it is.
There are only two possible reasons why you wouldn’t come to me to ask me for my help. What are the two possible reasons for me not asking for your help when I am filled with worry and anxiety? You either don’t believe that I can and will help you or you think that you can handle all your worries and anxieties by yourself. Would you like me to be even more clear? Yes, I would. Your two reasons for not asking for my help when you are worried and filled with anxiety are either unbelief or pride. Maybe it’s a combination of both. You got that right. I am sorry about this. I want to live a life of faith in you. I want to rely on you for your help. I don’t want to be filled with either unbelief or pride. What do you suggest? How can I live a life of faith that is reliant on you?
Come to me. Make it your practice to come to me to ask me for my help. Turn every one of your worries and anxieties into a prayer to me. Trust that I will hear and answer your prayers. As you keep coming to me your faith in me will grow. As you keep asking me for my help your reliance on yourself will decline as your trust in me will grow. You will see that I do hear and answer your prayers. You will know that you can trust in me. As you pray and trust in me your worries and anxieties will be replaced with my peace. Would you like that? Yes, Lord, I would like to be filled with your peace. Come to me. Turn every one of your worries and anxieties into a prayer to me. Yes, Lord, I will.
Lord, I have pridefully thought I could handle my worries and anxieties. I have held on to my worries and anxieties as I worked harder to try and solve them. This has been no way to live. Forgive me. I will now turn all my worries and anxieties into prayers to you. Amen
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