"And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing" - Mathew 6:28 (NIV).
Akio Morita, the founder of Sony Corporation, described his father as a "worrier"! In his biography, Made in Japan, he shared that his father could "worry for having nothing to worry about!"
For you see worry can become a habit. In today's leading verse the example of "lillies of the field" not worrying speaks to us as then; would if the lillies worried have any much effect on the course of their growth? Far from it all the worrying of theirs will not yield any much change.
When worry becomes a habit not only can it have little effect on the course of life but because it's largely a negative force it is draining. Worry saps energy and stifles creativity. A worrier can easily end up doing nothing but feeding on worries. When worry takes full grasp of one it can be insidious ultimately affecting other body organs, including weakening one's immunity against other diseases.
Yet, rather than exhaust oneself with needless worry perhaps the best counter effect is to calm oneself down and positively look for solutions. If a matter of concern has happened or is about to anyway, why not use one's time profitably in finding a practical way out.
One other reason why we should not waste our days in worry is because of the love of our Father in heaven. "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"' (Mathew 6: 26-27). Instead let us, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I put away worry from my life because you love and care for me, and will take care of whatever situation to your glory, this I pray in Jesus's name
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!