It really does work. Praying connects us to God and alleviates stress. But sometimes it is a last resort for us.
I’m reviewing Beth Moore’s Breaking Free study and she suggests her students have a little fun and re write Philippians 4:6-7. Her version of that is “Do Not be calm about anything, but in everything, by dwelling on it constantly and feeling picked on by God, with the thoughts like ‘and this is the thanks I get’, present your aggravations to everyone you know but Him. And the acid in your stomach, which transcends all milk products, will cause you an ulcer, and the doctor bills will cause you a heart attack and you will lose you mind.”
I found that humorous, but true to our nature. Sometimes it seems easier to focus on our problems, come up with solutions and share it with everyone instead of going to God first. Please know that I feel it is healthy and therapeutic to share our burdens and problems with friends we trust, but we must get in the habit to make prayer our go to. Pray first.
Years ago, I wrote in response to Beth Moore’s question “if we allow God to infiltrate our mind and thoughts, we will be led by His wisdom in knowing how to deal with our problems instead of allowing our feelings to dictate what we do or say.” Sometimes it’s a quick prayer, Lord help me, show me the way, give me focus, help me to handle this resentment and give it to you.Whatever it is, God is there to help us find our way.
The fact is, life is difficult, and when we are going through difficult times, we don’t want to be told “Don’t sweat the small stuff, It’s all small stuff.” “It is not all small stuff.” (Beth Moore, Removing the Obstacles, Breaking Free). “Worldy philosophy is forced to minimize difficulty because it has no real answers. We face a lot of big stuff out there. Only through prayer are we washed in peace.” (Beth Moore, Breaking Free)
Even things like discipline, lessons learned from the past and knowing what is best for us don’t work in time of crisis, Beth Moore reminds us. So as I tell myself this, I encourage my readers to pray to God. He waits patiently for us.