The Challenge of Releasing My Worry
We have a lot of anxiety this year. People are tired. People are angry. And people are worried.
The first thing to do about worry is to not dwell upon that which worries you. We have great imaginations. We are prone to construct worse case scenarios and prepare ourselves for an outcome we fear. Don't do it. It is good to be prepared, but it is not good to perseverate on what might go wrong. As the Apostle Paul says, "Do not worry about anything."
The other thing to do is to substitute prayer for worry. Paul says, "In everything, by prayer and supplications, let your requests be made known to God." You can't do two things at once, even if you think you can. So allow prayer to take the place of your worry. Memorize some scripture, such as "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," to help you pray. And redirect your attention from your problems to the nature of God. We have a God of love and wisdom and power. God wants the best for you, God knows what is best for you, and God is able to bring about what is best for you.
In our sermon this Sunday, we will look at how to move from worry to prayer, and thus release your worry.