Fresh Hope – 23rd April 2018

How often do we pray about something that is worrying us and declare that we have handed it over to God then hours later find ourselves laying awake at night, worrying about that same thing? Giving things to the Lord is not easy, in all honesty, sometimes we may feel like God is so distant, and it just seems to make more sense to handle things ourselves.

We often experience unnecessary anxiety and burdens that we were never meant to carry when we bring something to God through prayer, but we ultimately end up ‘taking it back’. We pick up our worries, fears, and even our past mistakes and we hold on to them so tightly with a firm grip – all the while knowing we should give them to God. Sometimes He even has to pry them from our hands and we begrudgingly give them to Him but not totally. God wants us to totally place all our cares and worries into His hands. He wants us to release them to Him trusting that he will handle them with care and work them out for good for each one of us in His perfect time.

When we give over something to God, it feels wonderful because we are essentially giving the burden, worries, and cares of that thing over to Him. We are doing what Philippians 4:6 instructs us to do which is to, “Not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” And when we do this, (present our requests to Him), we feel an overwhelming peace, knowing that it is in His hands.

If you have prayed about something and you find yourself worrying about that thing again, stop right then and say to yourself say, ‘No, I refuse to worry about this thing anymore, because God is taking care of it!’ You may need to do this a number of times until you are completely free of worry and He promises that if we do this, that His peace that surpasses all understanding will flood our mind as we put our trust in Him! (Philippians 4:7).

Swap your worries for His peace today.

Christine Mudenha

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