Here is a very simple, but important distinction that might change your life.
Thinking about something without ceasing is NOT the same thing as praying about something without ceasing.
Thinking about *it* will make you anxious, but praying about *it* is what God wants us to do and will lead us to a place of peace and hope.
In 1 Peter we read,
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
When we worry about something and think about it all day we are not humbling ourselves before God. Humbling ourselves before the mighty hand of God involves casting all our anxieties before Him knowing and trusting that He cares for us. And this is humbling because it means that we must recognize that we can’t do anything about that thing that is causing us all this worry; and so we cast our fears, anxieties, worries before our God who is indeed able to do far more abundantly than we can imagine or think (Eph. 3:20-21).
We can pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17) by turning every anxious thought, every worry into a prayer to God.
Let’s learn to turn our worries into prayers, remembering that our Heavenly Father loves to hear the prayers of His children.
Under His sun and by His grace,
PC Priscilla Du Preez