Caring for our Bodies, Living in the Abundance of Christ

Quit Worrying, Start Praying

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:25-27

Worry : to think about problems or fears : to feel or show fear and concern because you think that something bad has happened or could happen; to make (someone) anxious or upset : to cause (someone) to worry.

The definition also includes: choke, strangle :to harass by tearing, biting, or snapping especially at the throat

Here is a full definition of worry (per: Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

It’s no wonder that, when looking at the very definition or worry, Jesus specifically instructs us not to do it. It has no benefit and actually makes things worse. If you’ve worried you’ve probably experienced it’s all-consuming nature and physical symptoms as well; things like headaches, stomach aches, tightness or lump in throat, etc. I have experienced all of those.

And yet, we wear worry like a badge, and often feel guilty when we don’t worry about something. Like somehow worrying will show a level of care or concern that others simply don’t have.

I am a worrier, by (sin) nature. I’ve mastered the art of worry and because I have such a vivid imagination, I often have worried about things that aren’t even a reality. Things that never happened, couldn’t happen or are extremely unlikely to happen, have taken up large amounts of time, energy and focus and gave me nothing except feelings of dread, anxiety, as well as several physical symptoms.

So what’s the solution to worry?

Prayer and thankfulness.

“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

I’ll admit, that for most of my life I’ve struggled with worry, but over the last few years, by God’s grace, I’m worrying less and less. This takes work and consistently choosing to push away worrisome thoughts and focus on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, (Philippians 4:8) as Christ admonishes us to do. I choose to start praying, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…”(Ephesians 6:18). I have not mastered the art of not worrying, but I am consistently improving in this area, as I learn to daily depend on Christ. (For more about overcoming worry and anxiety read here.)


“Finally, brothers, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

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