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God can heal your hurts

Philippians 4:6 says, "Don't worry about anything." This isn't because we should shut our eyes to problems or minimize them or pretend they don't exist. No. It's because worry doesn't help. Worry keeps us from activities that are more helpful and effective.

Philippians 4:6 says, instead of worry, "in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." I italicized "with thanksgiving" since it is the part that most people forget to do.

This will seem impossible to some people. They can't imagine coming to God with thanksgiving when they come with some of their complaints and requests.

It's certainly true that people can face devastating tragedies, often caused by ruthless and cruel people. King Herod murdered all the babies in Bethlehem in an attempt to kill Jesus. In the face of such sorrow and pain it might seem impossible to come before God with thanksgiving.

But how about trying an experiment. For the next four weeks, take time each day to practice not worrying about anything (since you can trust God). Instead, bring everything you might worry about in prayer to God, but bring it with thanksgiving. How about trying it out for a while, just to see what it feels like.

You'll probably find your life so transformed you'll want to stick with the practice!

Reflection questions

What are some things you worry about?

What are some hurts you would like God to heal?

What would it be like to bring the things you worry about to God with thanksgiving instead? (Try it for a while and see what you think!)

God, help us to stop worrying. You're bigger than any problem we face. Help us to make our requests to you with thanksgiving instead.

Thank you. Amen.