It’s easy for prosperous people, who have nothing to trouble them, to give good advice to suffering hearts. The advice is generally as futile as they are easy. When we are anxious, worldly wisdom says to us, ‘Shut your eyes very hard and make believe very much, and you will not fear.’ This foolishness tells us not to open our eyes to facts, and not to feel emotions that are appropriate to the facts which force themselves against our eyeballs.

How can you face anxiety when you know you’re too weak to deal with it? We can have such a confidence in God as to free our mind from anxiety and have such a sense of dependence on Him as to keep it calm.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

‘But,’ is the sure preservative against the storm. If you don’t pray about everything, you will be worried about most things. If you don’t pray about everything, you will not be troubled beyond what is good for you about anything. The heart is never empty. If not full of God, it will be full of the world, and of worldly care.

Prayer draws our eyes away from self and fixes them upon God. Prayer weans our thoughts from our own weakness and leads them to rest upon His power. Instead of dwelling upon the worries, we can reflect in prayer on His faithfulness, His promises, and His love. Try it. You'll like it

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