The Worry Handbag: Part 7: The Purse of Prayer

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious. About anything.

Impossible, you say.

Anxiety and the temptation to worry are hard to avoid. But when they come, we have an alternative:

“Let your requests be made known to God.”
  
A few years ago I attended a retreat led by author and speaker Donna Partow. One thing she said in that retreat really stuck with me. 
Turn every little worrisome thought into a prayer.
For some reason, I had never done that before. I had always struggled with the instructions in 1 Thessalonians 5:17: “Pray without ceasing.” But then I realized that when I’m worried about something, I think about it all the time. My anxiety doesn’t just show up once in the morning and once at night. If I turned every anxious thought into a prayer, I would certainly be on the track of praying without ceasing.
Obviously, I am not totally successful with turning all of my anxiety into prayer. In fact, recently God pointed out to me that I had not prayed about an issue that has been plaguing my worry center for over a year.

But when I do remember to pray, the peace that God promises floods my soul. That tranquility truly is beyond understanding, for the issue is not settled. God’s peace guards my spirit and keeps out the anxious thoughts when I remember:

Turn every little worrisome thought into a prayer.

Question: Have you tried turning all of your worries into prayers?