Read Luke 8:22-25
Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Thought For The Day
Worries and anxieties can be less stressful with faith and trust.
Since August 8, 2010, I silently read the following words every morning—“In your strength, enable us to drop our burdens and set aside our anxiety about life.”
Those sixteen words were a part of the opening prayer printed in our Sunday morning worship bulletin at my church. I carried the bulletin home. I placed it with my prayer lists in my Bible.
I consider myself to be a natural born worrier. The words in the prayer spoke to me. And despite my devotion in reading that sentence every morning, I still worry. I have failed to drop my burdens and set aside life’s anxiety.
Why is this?
For me, the answer is grounded in trust. Do I trust God and Jesus to guide me through my life’s worries? Despite citing numerous examples where their strength supported me, my complete trust is absent.
Recently, I helped a friend load a grill on to his truck. What I thought would be a brief task, turned into a long conversation about his worries. I listened. His concerns touched every part of his life. They were significant. But, I heard in his words of worry this affirmation—my friend’s complete trust in God.
I am much like the disciples in the storm tossed boat when Jesus asked them—“Where is your faith?”
I need to answer that question.
Prayer: Father of us all, to drop our burdens and anxieties, help us to find our faith and trust in you. Amen
Prayer Focus: Family, friends, neighbors and strangers who are weighted with worry.