Galatians 5:25-26 – “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” NIV
Let’s take another leap into this discussion remembering that yesterday we discussed that it is imperative that we learn to Reject Worry, but How? Is there something that will enable us to do that? Is there something that will help us do that? I’m glad you asked.
If we are going to learn to March and Reject Worry, we must learn to Pray about Everything! Remember the words of Paul in Philippians 4:6 when he said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” NASB If we adopt the practice of Praying rather than Worrying, we will move forward, after all, if it is serious enough to ‘worry over’ it is serious enough to pray about.
By Prayer, I do not mean casual inquiry I mean serious seeking of the mind and will of God. God hears prayers that come from willing hearts! He is Jehovah-Jireh – (Our Provider). Remember when God directed Abraham to offer up Isaac in Genesis 22? God knew the end from the beginning, but Abraham could on see the current situation. Yet, Abraham was willing to Trust God although what God was telling Him was contrary to everything he believed in his heart.
In the natural, he had an abundance of reason to Worry but he made the choice to trust God and not Worry! He focused on what God said not what might happen. It is impossible to walk in ‘faith’ and ‘fear’ or ‘worry’ at the same time. They are like oil and water and will not mix. Remember Proverbs 24:17 tells us that “if you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small.” Paul reminded us of Jesus’ words in Hebrews 13:15when the Lord declared that He would not ‘leave us or forsake us.’
How should we pray? I’m not talking about formula but practice. We should pray according to God’s Covenant and remember what Jesus has ‘already’ done!
- He has Already died for our sins.
Therefore, we can pray that God will forgive us as we repent, we do not have to worry He has already provided.
- He has Already died, arose, and ascended so that we can have the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives.
Therefore, we can pray for the fullness of the Spirit of God to be manifest and operational in our lives and can expect the promise that the Holy Spirit will be our Comforter, Friend, Guide, and Companion in all things and at all times.
- He has Already purchased us back from the devil so we can be the Head and not the Tail.
We can pray for provision knowing that He will provide and enable us to possess the Land! He has made us ‘more than conquerors through His sacrificial work on the Cross. We can trust Him to rule over all the ‘negative’ circumstances in our lives.
That work is already done in Christ and only needs to be walked out by us as we are empowered and enabled by the Spirit of God. I have a sign that I keep that says, “In Case of Emergency Pray!” I do not keep it to suggest that prayer is only done in an emergency but to remind me that I am to pray instead of worrying. I find that is much more productive! It is necessary to get rid of worry before we can move into faith and become an efficient unit able to March to God’s Drumbeat!
I have one more thing that I want to address regarding this topic but will hold that until tomorrow. May God be with you as you go through your day!