You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV)
What occupies your thoughts? What causes you to be filled with anxiety and stress? When are you most likely to be under attack? Those are all very good questions for me. Why is that? As you know, I am quite a worrier. I have a life filled with stress. Why is that? Do you think it is my will for you to worry and carry a heavy load of stress? No, I’ sure that you want me to be filled with your peace. That’s right. Why are you so often not filled with my peace? My mind is set on the wrong things. Like what? I think about my problems. I think about real problems that I have in the here and now. I think about future problems that might never come. I think about imaginary problems that don’t really exist in any place other than in my mind. You actually make up things to worry about? I guess so. That’s not good. I know. I would like it if I didn’t worry. I would be very happy if I were not full of anxiety. Is that a prayer of yours? Yes, it is. I would like you to relieve me of my worry and free me from my stress.
Why do worry? Worry is the way that I try to solve my problems. I think about my problems from every angle. I think about what could happen. I think about ways to solve what might happen. Do you worry about your worry? Do you worry about your anxiety and stress? Yes, I do. That’s certainly worth thinking about. Why is that? All your worry and anxiety and stress will either make you ineffective for me or ruin your health. Now that is something to worry about. Stop It.
Let me ask you some questions. Has worrying improved your life? Has worrying solved your problems? No, worry has not improved my life or solved my problems. Has worrying sapped your energy and increased your anxiety and stress? Yes, it has. Instead of worrying about problems why don’t you ask me for help? Would you like my help? Do you believe that I can and will help you with your problems? I believe that you can and will help me with my problems. Do you think that your life would be relieved of stress and filled with my peace if you placed your trust in me? I know that if I placed my trust fully in you I would be filled with your peace. Will you place your trust in me? Will you allow me to fill your life with my peace? Yes, Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, you are my everlasting rock. You are my fortress. You are my deliverer. You are my helper in time of need. You are worthy of all my faith and trust and hope. I will fix all my thoughts on you. I will rely on you for your help. I will trust in you now and forever. Amen
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