Devotional: ‘Pray Instead of Worrying’


Matthew 6:25 “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? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

Many Christians struggle with worry. We worry about our houses, our children, our finances, and even our future. The truth is – we worry about almost everything! Yet the Bible tells us that we should not worry. Why? Jesus gives us several reasons:

Worry Distracts Us From What is Most Important

The word ‘worry’ means: to divide or separate. Jesus said that worry causes us to focus more upon our problems than upon our heavenly Father who desires to help us with our problems.

Worry Robs Us of the Joy of Trusting in God

Jesus said that God clothes the flowers each and every day with a beauty that is beyond comparison. Yet flowers are of much less value than God’s children.   “…will he not much more clothe you…?”

Worry Keeps Us From Doing What is Most Productive

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” The obvious answer to this question is ‘No.’ Worry does not lengthen our life; it only shortens it. Worry also keeps us from doing things that are the most productive.

What then should we do instead of worrying? Paul tells us – “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything…” (Philippians 4:6) Rather than wasting your energy on needless worry, we should pray and ask God to help us. Jesus said that if we will focus our attention primarily upon the things of heaven, the things of earth will fall into place.


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