I don’t want to brag or anything, but I am an Enneagram 6, which basically means that I’m prone to a great deal of anxiety when I am tending toward unhealth. Well, that’s how I read it anyway. My friends tell me it means that I am loyal and capable, which is why you should find yourselves friends who believe the best about you even on your worst days. But I digress.
Even if you aren’t an Enneagram 6, or if you don’t know what the Enneagram is or why people won’t stop blowing up your news feed and IRL conversations about it, my guess is that you’ve been through at least one bout of worry in your life. I mean, I don’t want to make assumptions, but since we live in a fallen world, it’s easy to fall into worry. (See what I did there? I didn’t even mean to. I’m now laughing at my own dorkiness. Is that what 6’s do?)
Anywoo, I posted a while back about reading “Goliath Must Fall” by Louis Giglio. In the book, he challenges readers to commit to reading Psalm 23 first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening for 40 days. This was so powerful because it was a reminder of who God is in the midst of life’s deepest fears. If you are in a season of worry, I encourage you to give his challenge a try.
Another way to still our minds and focus them on Truth when we find ourselves caught up in “what-ifs” and fear is to pray Scripture. This has been a helpful practice for me in various seasons of life, and I hope the following verses and prayers can be a starting point and encouragement to you if you are in a season of worry. Praise the One who is on the throne, even when life feels out of control! Love to you, friends!
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8 NIV)
Lord, I am fearful and anxious and worried. You alone make me lie down in peaceful sleep. Jesus, I need your presence and peace to surround me as I trust that You, the one who never sleeps, are on the throne and in control.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV)
Lord, I rejoice that you are God and I am not. I rejoice in Your salvation. Thank you for being near all of the time. I am thankful for your promises and pray for peace that surpasses all understanding. Lord, guard my heart and my mind; make them undivided and focused only on You, rather than my fear. Right now, I choose to give thanks for the true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy things in my life. Lord, thank you for ________, ___________, ________________, ___________, __________, _________, and _________.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV)
Lord, thank you for Your love that covers me. Thank you for your mercy, grace, and the chance to begin afresh (tomorrow/today). (Today/Yesterday) was difficult, but your mercy and faithfulness and grace is new with each arriving morning. Help me to walk in that truth today.
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels[a] shouted for joy?
“Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’? (Job 38:4-11 NIV)
Lord, You are God and I am not. You made the world and all that is in it. By your word oceans were formed and obeyed your boundaries. You are all-powerful and you are the same God today as you were when the earth was made by your very breath. I cannot see the end from the beginning, but you can, and therefore I can have peace. I can rest knowing that you who made all care for the details of my life. You are God; I am not. You are on the throne of Heaven; I am not.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-38 NIV)
Lord, You are for me and no one can be against me. You did not spare even Jesus, but gave him up for me, while I was still a sinner. Thank you that nothing can separate me from your love, including my deepest worries and fears. Help me to rest in the truth that my biggest need has been met in you, and nothing – good or bad – can change that.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV)
Jesus, help me to take you at your word; to know that worrying accomplishes nothing other than taking my focus off of you. I confess that I do worry about tomorrow; please help me to rejoice in today instead. You are the God of today and tomorrow and I can trust your provision in all things. Help me to seek you, to focus my mind on your kingdom, until all the anxieties of my heart fade away.
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