By Jacqui - One of God's Intercessors
I picked up a devotional I really like, Streams in the Desert by Lettie Cowman, and turned to the devotion for today. The first words were “Anxiety should never be found in a believer.” I thought, “Ought Oh”. I’m a believer and a prayer warrior. Yet, I must admit that there are
times I have found myself feeling anxiety. Have you felt it, too?
I know that I have a Father in Heaven who is Almighty. Did I just forget that there’s nothing he can’t handle? Was I afraid that he would choose not to handle it? Or, did I somehow think I had to handle it. Do you ever do that?
A problem arises, and we find ourselves thinking, “What should I do?” For those whom God created to be good problem solvers this battle can rage at an even higher level. You see for good problem solvers the Lord allows us to solve many problems on our own. Then, when a problem comes that we can’t solve, which does eventually happen, anxiety appears. Ugh!
I’ve discovered there is a way to get rid of anxiety. It’s time in prayer. Perhaps for some people they are able to rid themselves of anxiety with just a few words in prayer. For me, if anxiety is involved, I need time in prayer. I need time to really talk to God about all that’s behind the anxiety. Then, I need time to just be alone with God in his presence to listen. Sometimes, I find myself led to specific words from God in the scriptures.
Here’s the beautiful part. When I leave my time alone with God in prayer, my spirit is quieted. I leave the anxiety behind. So, maybe, you’re like me. You’re a believer in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. You’re a person who prays, and you’re wondering how on earth you’re finding yourself feeling anxiety. I have to say I would edit Lettie Cowman’s words to read, “Anxiety should never stay in a believer.”
It can and does appear because we’re human. But, God can remove it from us when we go to him, and spend time alone with him, in prayer.
Feeling anxious, today? You're not alone. You’ll soon be better, but you may need some time with God, first. Do not worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Phil 4:6 NLT
Take Care, friend.
One of God’s Intercessors