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Source: Guideposts.org – excerpt from The Indispensable Guide to Practically Everything: PrayerMarsha Ford

How to Pray When You’re Worried

Don’t allow anxiety to displace your faith in God.

For some people, prayer has become simply worrying out loud. You hear it in their voices when they pray aloud in a group; you see it in their expressions when they utter their prayer requests.

Maybe you aren’t a chronic worrier, but you’ve experienced enough apprehension about the terrible possibilities in life to know that anxiety is jeopardizing your faith relationship with God. You know it’s time to gain control over the anxiety that has crept into your life.

Read: Anxiety In The Church?

You also know how to do that. You need to cast your cares on Jesus, because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). But knowing that and doing that aren’t the same thing. Maybe you need a fresh way of understanding how that happens.

Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers (Philippians 4:6 msg). That’s how a popular paraphrase of the Bible describes the process of casting your cares on God in prayer. Ask God for what you need, praise God for who he is, and watch as those constant worries become transformed into peace-producing prayer.

Continue: How To Pray When You’re Worried

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