Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by
prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to
God; and the peace of God... will guard your hearts and minds through Christ
Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
your worries as a great big sack that you constantly heave around; your first
choice would be to discard it. But we often lug that bag around because we
don’t know how to get rid of it. We know God is always willing to comfort us,
but why do we sometimes not feel peace even after praying to Him? Why does
prayer not seem to work?
examine closer, we find that the problem lies not with God, but us. Perhaps we
had knelt before Him with the wrong attitude—feeling doubtful but
entitled to peace at the same time, rather than thankful for His blessings.
This is like dropping our bag in front of God and expecting Him to take it. And
when He doesn’t, we take it back and feel discouraged—which is the same
as continuing to worry after prayer.
two mistakes in this scenario. The first is feeling that God is obligated to
reassure us. We need to remember that He is not a means by which we can feel
better. He is our Lord, who should be feared and honored; yet also our friend,
who is loving and faithful to dissipate all our worries. Feeling entitled to
His compassion is a hidden form of pride which will never earn us His comfort.
second mistake is making the quick decision to return with our bag while
feeling unfulfilled. By doing so, we show a lack of trust in God’s express and
loving desire to come to our aid. Were we truly confident in God’s love, there
would be no hesitation in leaving our worries with Him.
we are demanding in what we need from God and quick to blame Him when we are
actually the ones jumping to what we think is His conclusion. However, when we
come before God with the right attitude of being thankful and contrite, He will
give us unsurpassable peace and carry our burdens for us. Then we will
naturally find our outlook becoming brighter and our shoulders
lighter—our whole person changing to reflect the grace of God.
Questions for Reflection
we pray, do we inadvertently treat God as a means to fix our problems rather
than our Lord and Savior?
we ever unknowingly blamed God for something that resulted from our own