JOY KILLERS: WORRY

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“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Philippians 4:6

 

Worry is a Joy killer. Worrying about your problems will get you nowhere. God has exhorted us not to worry about anything but instead, we should pray about everything. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” For some people, worrying and fretting have become normal lifestyles with them. They don’t think twice about it when storms arise, they just switch unconsciously into anxiety and worry.

Worrying will leave you on the edge of fear and put you in a state of helplessness and despair. After a while, you find that you never solve any problem by worrying. You only fall sick and fall far away from faith and trust in God. Have you seen the little flowers around you and even the birds in the air? God looks after them; they seem to lack nothing. I believe if you put your trust and faith in him, He will do even more for you, because you are more than the flowers and the birds who never lack anything.

The antidote to worry is prayer, supplication (or definite requests) along with thanksgiving. When I say ‘prayer’ here, I mean a continuous flow of making requests of our Heavenly Father to have our needs met while thanking him by faith and with a grateful heart. Even Jesus used to separate himself to spend time in prayer to God. You need to come to a place of complete “rest” in Christ Jesus. True “rest” is free from activity, it’s complete and total trusting God as you conform to his image. No need to worry; only pray and rest in him.
FURTHER STUDY
I Peter 5:7, Matthew 6:28

PRAISE REPORT
Supernatural supplies
On the night of 16th December, I listened to daddy on radio after which he invited the listeners to the next service. The last money on me was N2000. I came to church, got the “40 days of power” prayer book with N500, used N1000 as altar seed and just had my transport home. Daddy declared that throughout the Christmas season, our bank account will not run dry. I went home believing God for blessings. On 23rd, I got a gift of a bag of rice. The following day, someone gave me N20,000. Blessings kept coming to me like that such that I did not lack at all. Praise God!
– Franklin

PRAYER POINTS
[Spend some time and worship God. Thank Him for all He has done.]
1. Father, I receive grace to follow You and keep trusting in You in Jesus name.
2. I cast out worries and anxiety from my life now in Jesus name.
3. Any force of lack in my life, cease your operation now in Jesus name.
4. Every curse of leaking pocket that has resulted in poverty, be destroyed now in Jesus name.
5. I speak overwhelming joy into every area of my life and family in Jesus name.

[Raise other prayer points as you are led]

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