5th August 2020
Does this sound familiar to you? ~
It’s late at night, you’re lying in your bed staring at the ceiling. Your eyes are wide open and your mind is replaying your worries over and over like they are on a never ending loop?
As much as you try, you can’t switch off and it’s draining you of all your energy and strength.
If you recognize that – you are not alone – many of us do the very same thing!
But there is a lovely passage in Paul’s letter to the early church in Philippi which says to us – “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything (everything!), by prayer, petition and thanksgiving – present your requests to God.” (Phil. 4:6).
Easier said than done, I know. But as the old saying goes “a trouble shared is a trouble halved” so why not accept His offer to share your troubles with Him by taking three deep breaths, holding each for a couple of seconds and slowly exhaling to calm you – then consciously turning your mind to talking to God, and say this prayer ~
PRAY – (slowly) – “Loving Father, Lord of love and life – you know me better than I know myself and you know my worries and my fears. Hold me safe in your arms; breath your new life in to me; bless me with peace and open my heart and my mind to let your love for me flow in and fill me with your loving Spirit. Remind me that I am always safe with you and there is nothing, nothing, that you can not do – and that through you – I gain your strength in my troubled times. And now – as I close my eyes – Help me to sleep a deep and comforting sleep knowing that you watch over me until morning comes. Thank you Father. Hear my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
(why not copy this out and use it whenever you feel in need of comfort ?)
PONDER – At some time or another, we have all been bothered by worries and the sleepless and restless nights which come with all of that. Sometimes these fears can overwhelm us which can bring stress and anxiety upon us.
When you are concerned about something or someone – is it your first instinct to turn to God in Prayer?
If we are honest, it probably isn’t for many of us – but it should be.
He offers us His peace and comfort, if we open our hearts and simply ask Him.