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How Worry Affects How We Pray

Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear. – Corrie Ten Boom

Worry is the sin of distrusting the promise and providence of God, and yet it is a sin that Christians commit perhaps more frequently than any other. – John MacArthur 

No one can pray and worry at the same time. – Max Lucado

Worry is nothing but practical infidelity. The person who worries reveals his lack of trust in God and that he is trusting too much in self. – Lee Roberson 

It is not worrying, but rather trusting and abiding in the peace of God that will crush anything that Satan tries to do to us. If the Lord created the world out of chaos, He can easily deal with any problem that we have. – Rick Joyner

Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? – Matthew 6:27 

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." – Matthew 11:28-30

Worry hinders our ability to pray.  As stated above, worry reveals a lack of trust, faith, and understanding of God in our hearts.  Worry makes the circumstance we obsess about out bigger than God, or His ability to deal with it.  Worry twists our minds.

But Jesus offers freedom from worry.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  There is nothing greater than our Lord, or His ability to handle it. 

Let’s ask Him to renew our thinking and faith.

Lord, search my heart and show me if there are any thoughts or circumstances that I worry about.  I am sorry for thinking these matters are bigger than they are- and bigger than you.  Please forgive me.  Renew my mind, strengthen my trust, and grow my faith in you so that I see matters appropriately in view of you and your ability to handle them.  Thank you for your patience and care for me, and thank you for making all things new- especially my way of thinking of you and believing in you!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.