Praying Through the Pain
Good Afternoon Harvest Church Family,
Our passage for this series is Philippians 4:4-7, "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Sunday we talked about that the battles that we’re fighting are often times the battles in our own minds. We will show on the outside that we look confident, while on the inside, we’re secretly insecure or we’re struggling. We could often look like we’re strong but the truth of the matter is, we feel weak.
We can put on happy face at church. We can say things like, ‘Praise the Lord’, ‘Amen’ and all this kind of stuff. But oftentimes truthfully, we go home, we still feel anxious, worried, and a weight. There’s a heaviness, an insecurity, a fear, or a dread.
If we are to lived a peace-filled life then we need to recognize that anxiety is a signal alerting us that it is time to pray. We were reminded that just like the check engine light on our care signals that is wrong so also is anxiety for us. Some of us like to just ignore that light or think that it is not that big of a deal. Some pray that it burns out so they don't have to see it on. Some even go as far as to put a piece of black tape over it to hide it. But it gets down to that it is still on, it still needs to be addressed.
How long is it before we finally get it checked out and if the problem is bad enough can cause major damage to the engine. Anxiety is exactly the same for us. How long do we go with it unchecked? How long do we allow it to keep reminding us that we need help before we actually do something about it?
1 Peter 5:6-7 reminds us, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you."
I want to remind you that if it's big enough to worry about, it's big enough to pray about and that God is ready to hear from you to cast, to release, surrender or let go of what it is that is causing your anxiety. Often times it is because we have not cast those anxieties, given them to God. We try to control and the more we control, the more we fear losing control and the more we fear losing control, the more we try to control and the more we try to control, the more anxiety we feel. We need to allow God, through prayer and the power of His Holy Spirit to break the cycle of anxiety.
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Looking forward to Week 3 and hope you will join us. Blessing to each of you and have an awesome rest of the week!
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene