Turn Your Worries Into Prayers

Turning your worries into prayers is a simple thing and yet one we constantly fail at. But, when we do get into the habit, the peace of God that comes is truly incredible.

As you can tell, I’ve been meditating of late on the reflections of Henri Nouwen who wonderfully wrote…

From Unceasing Thinking to Unceasing Prayer

“Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing.” Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue withour God, who is the source of all love.

Let’s break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen

The age old wisdom is this…

“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.” – Philippians 4:6,7 CEV

Today, make a list of all that worries you and then find a quiet place, thank God that He is bigger than your worries and one by one give thanks for those worries and that God will work mightily in them. Ask Him for strength, patience and peace as you allow Him to do His work! He may simply be waiting for you to turn it all over to Him. Release control and trust Him.

And then you can, stand firm, be brave, be not afraid and watch the Lord save you! (Exodus 14:13)

What God Truly Calls Us To

“Constantly choosing to be busy may be an unconscious attempt to have value before the Lord. To deepen requires exactly the opposite! We must slow down, choosing to spend blocks of time with God in private. We need to let go of the value we place on service, availability and busyness and take up the value God places on quietness, trust and peace (rest). We need to be aware of being too needed in any work; we are not! God calls us not foremost to “accomplish,” but to a deep relationship with Himself. A deep friendship with us as persons is what He desires most.”

– Dr. Stanford

From Anxious Planning to Peaceful Trust

I was awake today at 5am anxious about the Fall planning and my long list of things to do and people to care for. I prayed and fell back asleep. When I awoke to read the Word at 6:30am, I read this…

Psalm 37:5-7 NIRV
“Commit your life to the Lord. Here is what he will do if you trust in him. He will make your godly ways shine like the dawn. He will make your honest life shine like the sun at noon. Be still. Be patient. Wait for the Lord to act. …Don’t be upset when other people succeed. Don’t be upset when they carry out their evil plans.”

http://bible.us/Ps37.5.NIRV-ENG

Perfect timing. I wasn’t trusting in Him!

Merri Ellen 🙂

Prayer for Faith and Trust for 2012

A friend posted this as her prayer for 2012, perhaps some of you can benefit from it too…

“Father, I come to You by faith, laying every fear and worry at Your feet. I am not sure what this year holds for me but I do know You are with me every step of the way. When I am tempted to worry, please remind me to trust You. When fear attacks, I want to choose to pray instead of panic, knowing that You are my Lord and my Shepherd. I praise You for Your faithfulness in my life, even when I don’t understand life’s circumstances and can’t see the next step. I praise You, Lord.”