Pray More, Worry Less {Understanding}

Welcome and thanks for joining me!  I am so delighted that you are here.  I am so so so excited about this new Bible study!  In this study we are going to learn all we can about how to pray more and worry less.  Yeah, I'm pretty stoked about it too!

As I said before, this girl right here is a worrier by nature. Ugh, any of y'all with me on that one? It's not one of my better qualities. I worry about paying the bills, about Joey driving, about my dog having arthritis, about Joe's work, my family's health, about my housework, about my business, blah blah blah on and on. My to-do lists keep me awake at night. Because clearly laying awake at night worrying will get my chores done, right? Questions like what if and should I have swirl around my mind, holding me hostage and keeping me chained to my worries and fears.

As we get started, let's first take a look at a few definitions:
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.  It comes from an Old English word that means "to strangle". 
Anxiety - an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it.  It's basically an emotion caused by fearful thoughts.
Now that we know what worry and anxiety mean, let's look at what God says about them.

“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

So why is worry wrong? Jesus gives us several reasons in the above verses.  

Worry causes us to lose sight of who we belong to.  God is more than capable of taking care of us.  We belong to a sovereign God.  The word sovereign means God has absolute control over everything, all the details of life.  God will take care of us and He knows just what we need at each point in our life.  And because God knows what we need, He will take care of His children. 

Worry is a sin. Would you categorize worry alongside lying, adultery or overindulging in alcohol? They are all sins. Sure, we can gloss over it, sweep it under the rug and call it a day. That's easy to do, isn't it? Or better yet, let's rename it. That way we won't feel guilty about it. Let's call it stress, anxiety or just concern. Worry has taken on the form of a acceptable sin. We all do, why even call it a sin?

We can't trust God and then worry, those simply don't go together. When we worry, it shows we don't trust God. Period. Worrying is the absolute opposite of trusting God. Worry shows that we not only believe He isn't capable of knowing our needs, but He doesn't care. We all know neither of those are true. Worry really comes down to trusting Him.

~ Worry accomplishes nothing.  Honestly, worry is a waste.  It ruins your day, normally (if you're like me) it ruins the day of everyone around you, it causes you health issues and it just plain stinks.  There is nothing productive about worry and it leads to no where.

When we worry, often times our health suffers.  It can cause ulcers, high blood pressure, heart problems, colon distress and headaches.  Let's not forget one other thing worry causes...sass, grumbling, grouchiness and shortness.  We end up not sleeping well because of it. Which then adds to the sass and grouchiness. You know how God told us to be the light of the earth {Matthew 5:14}, worry will put that light out quicker than lightening.

When we replace worry with prayer, then we have trust. We need to faithfully turn to God in prayer. We are to give our worries to God in prayer, trusting Him with all our burdens and cares. As a result, we will receive in return the peace we long for. That feeling of doom will go away and a feeling of peace will wash over you.

Come back next week where we will take a closer look at how to trust God and give all our worries fully to Him.  This week, keep your eyes looking up :)

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