In our church service today the sermon was on worry, from Philippians 4:1-9. One of the points the pastor made is that worry is much like prayer. I was immediately intrigued. He said that in both worry and prayer problems are mulled over. And then he brought out the difference.
When we worry, he said, we mull over our problems with no or very little thought of God. Our focus is on our problems and our thoughts seem to pull us in a downward spiral with no solution. When we pray we also mull over our problems, however, we are doing it with a constant awareness that God is present and is listening to us. The result is that we aren’t pulled down in despair over our problems, rather we are lifted up in hope and peace, because—well, that is just what happens! We have nothing to do with it. God does it. Yes, when we mull over our problems before Him, He immediately helps us and gives us peace. And in this peace, He assures us that soon He will provide a solution to all the problems we have and have taken to Him.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.