Daily Devotion

Worry is a waste of time

January 10, 2016

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.”

Php 4:6 NLT

Worry is one of the most ineffective pastimes we can indulge in. Jesus Himself asked, “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Mt 6:27 NLT). Worry is the assassin of rest and relationships. It stalks us and hijacks our minds. While we may continue to function publicly, there’s a sinister force lurking within us. This enemy called worry disorients moods, destroys creativity, and depletes your sense of completion which comes from within and can’t be achieved by the acquisition of things. Why do we wrestle so much with things we can’t change? One pastor writes: “It took me years to realize that when I went to bed I shouldn’t go with half my day wrapped around my head. I wrestled all night with issues that couldn’t be resolved until morning anyway. I can’t tell you how many days I went to work feeling like the worn heel of an old shoe. I was less effective, tenser, unable to perform to full capacity, and it took its toll on my relationships.” Can you relate? Here’s God’s prescription for worry, and it’s more effective than Prozac or Valium: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus…Fix your thoughts on what is true…honorable…right…pure…lovely, and admirable …things that are excellent and worthy of praise…Then the God of peace will be with you” (Php 4:6-9 NLT). Today let God set you free from worry.