Updated: May 7, 2020
My morning routine has changed quite a bit since Coronavirus. Instead of waking up and sluggishly walking over to my couch, I wake up excited to head to the kitchen and hone in my new hobby of making lattes. I received an espresso machine and a milk frother as a gift for my birthday and I have had so much fun experimenting with all things latte.
Have you taken up any fun quarantine hobbies?
This season has warranted a lot more free time and alone time – to take up hobbies, to spend by yourself, and also to worry.
Whether in quarantine or not, anxiety is something that a lot of people wrestle with.
Recently my dad was in the hospital with pneumonia. I was so afraid he was going to contract the virus that my thoughts would race. I was fearful that he wasn't strong enough to handle another sickness. When he came home from the hospital, my chest would tighten every time he coughed. I was consumed with worry and anxiety!
Maybe you’re like me and struggle with constantly being worried for your family's health. Or maybe your anxiety stems from something else. Either way, thoughts of worry, anxiety, or fear sometimes feel inevitable. And though we don't have much control over how long this season will last, we do have control over who or what we turn to and how we let our worries affect us.
The Bible tells us to respond by taking all of our anxious thoughts to God in prayer!
But why? Why should we go to God with our anxiety?
HE CARES FOR YOU!
"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
God cares for you in more ways than you could ever imagine. He sent Jesus to Earth to live a sin-free life and die a sinner's death so that we could enter a relationship of comfort, love, and trust with Him. He wants to comfort you and take your burdens off your shoulders and carry them for you.
HE WILL SHOW UP FOR YOU!
“Draw near to the Lord and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
God promises us that when we seek Him out of a pure heart, He will draw near. His timing may not be exactly what we want, but we can rest in the truth that we are never alone when we are trusting in Him and seeking Him. The Lord is trustworthy and we can count on Him to show up for us.
HE WILL GIVE YOU PEACE!
“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
The Lord promises us peace beyond anything we could imagine when we run to Him in prayer. We have the opportunity to receive this incomprehensible peace when we earnestly seek Him with our anxieties in every situation.
What have you been feeling most anxious about recently?
What is one reoccurring worry that you have that never seems to go away?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
God wants to give us rest and peace. Similar to when we go to a close friend or our parents when something happens, God wants us to come to Him with our anxieties, worries, and fears!
The minute you catch yourself feeling anxious or not able to stop worrying about a certain situation, stop whatever you are doing and pray to God.
Practically, this could look like telling, asking, and trusting.
TELL God what you are feeling. Give Him your raw, honest thoughts.
ASK Him to give you peace, to draw near to you and comfort you.
TRUST Him with whatever you are feeling anxious about. This could look like repeating “God I trust you with this” ten times until you start to believe it in your heart.
Imagine how different your life would look if you traded your fears, worries, and anxieties for peace! Try spending some time in prayer every day this week - telling, asking, and trusting Him.
God wants you to trust Him and take your worries to Him in prayer daily.
He wants to give you peace!
All you have to do is ask.
For more help in growing in this area, use the following discussion questions to further apply today's reading or download the YouVersion Bible App to start the Bible reading plan titled “Anxious for Nothing” by Max Lucado!
What are some things you have been going to, instead of God, to find peace?
Out of the three reasons as to why we should go to God with our anxieties, which is the most compelling and why?
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