What "Giving Your Worries to God" Actually Looks Like
What are you worried about lately? A lot of things could be on that list of worries right now. I don’t even have to list examples.
God wants us to give our worries to him in prayer. Sounds easy? Yeah, but it’s only effective if we actually do it.
When was the last time you listed out your worries and gave them over to God?
Sometimes you may have this sense of, "I just feel anxious. I have this general anxiety. I feel a little nervous. I don't really know what's causing it." Well, you can just say, "God, I give you my generalized worry," but it's even better to stop and go, "What is it that's really bugging me? Am I worried that somebody's going to disapprove of me?" You write that down. "Am I worried that I'm going to be rejected?" Write that down. "Am I worried that I'm going to be insecure and not have enough?" You write that down. "Am I worried that I'm going to be lonely the rest of my life?" You write that down. You write them all down and then you give God your worries. You say, "Here's the list, Lord. Here's some stuff that's on my mind. I'm not going to keep them. I'm going to give them to you."
1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
We relax and we give him our worries.
That’s not putting our head in the sand and pretending everything is okay. That’s taking your worries and giving them to the one person who actually has the power to help you.
A lot of people say, "just give it to God." Yes, we should do that. But, what does that look like? Every time that sense of worry or anxiety creeps in, you actively choose to pray about it. Pray that God gives you peace. Pray that he fights that battle for you. Pray that you learn to trust him no matter what. Every time.
Philippians 4:6-7 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.
The Bible calls this the peace that passes understanding. What is the peace that passes understanding? It's when we're at peace and we have no logical, rational reason to be at peace. I just lost my job. Somehow I'm at peace about it. Why? The Lord is my shepherd. We just got the dreaded word and report from the doctor. It's cancer. For some reason, I got peace about it. Why? Peace that passes understanding because the Lord is my shepherd. I just found out some bad news that a dear friend of mine just died. Somehow I'm at peace about it in my heart. Why? Because the Lord is my shepherd.
Every time a worry comes up, I say, "The Lord is my shepherd." I give that worry to God. I don't hold onto it. I don't think I’ve got to think about it later. I say, "God, take that one. I don't have time to think about that worry. Take that worry, God." You just keep loading them on. He can handle it.