“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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
Cast Your Cares
God is good, does good and is working all things together for my good — even when circumstances don’t seem good.
Are you someone who can’t go to bed at night because you’re making note of all the things that you need to do, worrying about what you don’t have time for, or thinking about everything going on in the world? I don’t know about you, but I’m guilty as charged, and if we’re being completely transparent, a lot of the things I’m worried about are out of my control.
It’s easier said than done, but Matthew 6:27 tells us that worrying doesn’t add a single hour to the day. Therefore, it is time to put our unresolved issues at God’s feet and pray for His supernatural peace to take over.
I was recently listening to a podcast hosted by Australian activist Christine Caine, and she said, “If you haven’t prayed about it, don’t talk about it.”
While it is so easy to complain, worry and let our emotions take over, that is not the route God intended us to take as we navigate through life’s experiences. The next time you want to worry about the unknown of the future, instead replace worry with what you do know about God.
We do know that, according to Proverbs 34:18, He is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. In addition to that, we know that we need not worry about our needs being fulfilled because God will provide (Matthew 6:25-34). Those are just two of the numerous qualities of God we can focus on.
Before your next quiet time with the Lord, think of a few things that are stealing your peace. Write them down and cast them out in your prayers, giving your worries to the Lord because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
— Tamara Brown
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