Day 19: Don’t Worry

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

What an amazing blessing and privilege that we don’t have to go through challenging seasons on our own! Part of the nature of life is that situations and circumstances will arise that could generate worry if we do life on our own. However, in Christ, God has promised that He will be with us always and will never leave us.

Prayer is a practical tool to make us stronger in those situations.

We are encouraged to swap worry for prayer. Looking back at what God has done over the years is a great reminder that we are not alone and changes our perspective.

What can you see in your life that God has done for you?

When we do this our attitude changes from that of fear to gratitude and we see the results of the same thankfulness that rings throughout the course of the Bible. David was one such person who made sure that he would “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psalm 100:4). He also advised himself: “my soul, praise the LORD, and do not forget all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2).

And the unique promise as we participate in this prayer and thanksgiving is that we will experience God’s peace. This peace exceeds anything we can understand; it doesn’t make sense in the circumstances!

As we participate daily in His Kingdom life, applying the keys to the Kingdom: participating in praise and dance, engaging in prayer, worshipping the Lord God Almighty, God extends his promise even further putting up a guard protecting our hearts, protecting and strengthening against any potential negative impact of future challenges.

As we participate in renewing our minds through His word, speaking well over our lives, blessing and sharing with others, the Holy Spirit will bring back remembrance of God’s truth through His Word and put up another guard over our minds!

Are you ever burdened with a load of acre?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God has done
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God has done

Hymn – Johnson Oatman (1897)

– Dr Ian McHardy

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