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 your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Present My Requests
That is what I will do from now on. What will you do from now on? I will present all my requests to you. That is a good plan. What has caused you to come to this decision? For too long and far too often, I have carried all my own worries. I have been weighed down by worry and filled up with anxiety. Why have you carried all your own worries? Why have you not asked for my help? I’m not completely sure why I have carried my own worries. Take a guess. I would guess that I have an independent and proud streak within me. Is that a guess? No, not really. Anyhow, I have thought to myself that I can handle all my own problems and difficulties. I have said to myself, “I shouldn’t need to ask for anyone’s help”. Has that included me? Yes, unfortunately. Is that your sole answer for your not asking for my help? I’m sure it’s not. What else? Sometimes life has become so harried and frantic that I have forgotten to ask you for your help. There must be more. Don’t hold anything back from me. Well, sometimes I have wondered if you would hear and answer my prayer. That sounds terrible. That is something I hate to admit. If I have had a lack of faith in you that is something that I will not continue to let exist in me. That’s good. What will you do? I will begin to turn every worry of mine into a prayer to you. Not only will I pray to you, but I will pray prayers filled with faith and thanksgiving. Why is that? I know that you will hear me. I know that you will help me. I know that you love and care for me. I am your child. Yes, you are. Yes, I will hear you. Yes, I will help you. I do love and care for you.
What will happen to you as you turn all your worries into prayers to me? I will carry my worries no longer. I will give them to you. I will let you carry my worries for me. That will be very good. What else? Then you will fill me with your peace. Your peace will guard my heart and mind and life. Your peace will cover me. Your peace will protect me. Your peace will be before, behind me and all around me. Your peace will completely surround me in ways that I will never be able to fully comprehend. Yes, it will. Keep on turning all your worries into prayers to me. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, far too often I have carried my worries by myself. I have held on to them and been filled with anxiety. No longer will I carry my worries. I will turn every worry into a thanksgiving filled prayer to you. I know you will give me your peace as I fully trust you. Amen
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