“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Phi 4:6).

Yesterday we saw that anxiety is a dangerous word-choker. Today we consider a fourfold biblical method of overcoming this thorn that threatens to suffocate the power of God’s word in our lives. Firstly, understand that no issue has a right to stress you. The Bible’s instruction is imperative here: Be anxious for NOTHING. That means each of us holds the admission key to anxiety. You can either permit or prohibit it. Secondly, pray about every challenging situation, no matter how “easy” it may appear. These little “foxes” can cause huge damage if left unchecked (Songs 2:15). Use your spiritual resources to deal with your so-called natural issues. Many common problems have supernatural origin; don’t simply ignore them! Present them to God specifically. Don’t just ponder over them, present them! Thirdly, be earnest in your prayers. Don’t pray about issues casually but passionately and sincerely. That’s what “supplication” entails. When you channel your concerns fervently to God, your heart surrenders ownership of the problem. It becomes God’s business. And we all know how effectively He sorts out any matter! Fourthly, thank God for taking over your issues. Praise Him for His awesome love, superior power and limitless knowledge. The results of this fourfold approach are worth every penny: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phi 4:7).

Pastor Josh