Trade Worry for Prayer

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Trade Worry for Prayer - Instead of worrying, pray. Ask God to help you with that thing. Right in that moment.

Last night I didn’t sleep well. It could have been that we stayed up late watching a very odd Chinese movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (affiliate link). My brain was trying to make sense of some of those weird, it-must-be-a-foreign-film quandaries.

It could also have been that FishChick5 had been puking all day long. I resisted the urge to google meningitis symptoms, instead attributing it to the bug that I’ve seen spreading on Facebook. (Don’t you get all your CDC info from social media, too?)

Or it could have been that FishBoy9 didn’t fall asleep until midnight, coming to wake me at least twice to let me know he couldn’t sleep. My brain spent some energy trying to puzzle that one out, too.

And then, of course, there was the home safety video I watched earlier in the week. It was about a house fire that started because some guy left his discarded 9-volt batteries in a bag, they touched, sparked, and burned his house down.

So, then in the watches of the night, I’m wondering, do we have batteries thrown haphazardly together somewhere?!

I’m not always like this. But, like you, I get my fair share of worries. My husband says that the difference between me and the rest of the world is that I actually voice these silly, vain imaginations.

Last night and in the nights since, my thoughts have turned to Sharon’s wise words:

If you have time to worry, you have time to pray.

And that, my friends, is what God calls us to do:

I don’t believe that prayer has power. I believe God has power. He uses prayer to change us, to mold us into his image, to give us comfort, to remind us we are not alone.

This week, when you start to worry, I encourage you to turn that thought around. Pray against that fear. Ask God to solve that problem. Lean on Him for wisdom and ask Him to help you understand.

If you’re worrying, you have time to pray.

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  1. This is so true. Like you, I’ve spent my fair share of time imagining scenarios, especially having to do with my children. (Watching too much Nancy Grace can do this to you.) I always eventually turn to prayer, but I,need to learn to turn to God FIRST, BEFORE I start panicking.

  2. Jessica, I am the biggest worrier in the world! I’ve had 62 years of experience!! I pray and trust God, but it’s so hard to do. I needed this post today to remind me. It also helps to know I am not the only worrier in the world! I hope you have a nice day today and that Fishchick5 is better today. I would be worring about her too!
    God bless, Kathy in Illinois

  3. Oh man I thought I was the biggest worrier! I remind myself of Aunt Josephine (played by Meryl Streep) in “A Series of Unfortunate Events”! Memorizing scripture and especially praying it back to God has helped me during those fits of worry. Hope your daughter is better today!

  4. This made me laugh. I see myself in your reflections. Our husbands are cut from the same cloth. We need very rational, steadfast men to hold us up when our wandering minds get us off balance. Thank you for the reminder to seek God when these thoughts torment. So often I look to God to ask for help for others but not for myself.

  5. Wonderful post. Instead of being an expert worrier I need to be quick to pray. Thanks for reminding us, FishMama. Hope you get some sleep in the nights ahead.

  6. Thanks Jessica. I really needed to be reminded of this today. I know I must never worry about anything but pray about everything. However, sometimes it’s hard to do. But I must remember to always put him first and never allow myself time to start worrying about anything.

  7. In church this morning we were given a long list of quotes about prayer. The one that stuck with me was from Martin Luther: “Pray, and let God worry.”

  8. Lately, when I find myself consumed with worry, I have to force myself to stop and think, “Everything is going to be fine; God’s going to make it all right.” This really helps me to turn off the “worry switch” in my brain. 🙂

  9. I worry all the time! I know it doesn’t add a day or minute to my life but it does steal my joy! When I pray and tell myself that God is in control that is the only way I can stop worrying.