Do Not Be Anxious but Pray

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

It was a district level athletic meet between schools. We were representing our school in the 400 metres relay at the junior level and were very confident being the winners at the zone level. We practised hard for the event. But there were heavy showers on the day of the event and the circular track got dampened. The event couldn’t be conducted in the regular circular track and so it was changed to a straight track which was better and a little dry. We then had to change all our strategies and methods. After a short time of practice we got ready and the event began. We were doing well as the relay began. It was my turn to run. As soon as I received the baton, I started running. When the time came for me to hand over the baton to the next runner, we couldn’t coordinate well and exchange the baton. Realising that we failed to connect and in that moment of anxiousness I threw the baton for the other person to catch. We got disqualified from the event as it was against the rules. That was the last time I participated in any athletic games as I lost all the interest. Though my friends encouraged me, I felt really bad about letting them down. I recalled this old incident as I penned down this devotion. Paul asks us not to be anxious about anything, and then he says in every situation wait in prayer. Prayer is the foundation for Christian life. Prayer is not only a communication with God to let God know what we need. But it’s also a platform for building a relationship with Him. The more we are grounded in this relationship with God, the less we will get anxious about the things around us as we know our God knows what we need and will do the right thing for us even when it is difficult. Sometimes anxiety has led to terrible problems in the lives of people. The decisions made in anxious moments have done greater damage for themselves and people around them. Since I was anxious, I threw the baton which became a major mistake and even cost my team. Sin is also similar to that incident going against the rules of God. Paul goes on to say through prayer we can enjoy the peace of God beyond our understanding and it will guard our hearts from being anxious. Let prayer be not only like a shelter when we encounter problems and dangers, but also a way of life, where we converse with God in any situation.  Had I expected and prepared well in my mind to tackle these anxious moments, I would not have made that mistake. Prayer keeps us prepared for the unknown challenges we face every day. Prayer helps us to walk in God’s light even through tougher times when we might become anxious. Moses is a Man of great example for this prayer life. He ran to God every single time and made his issues known to Him. The Bible refers to only a single incident, where he gave way to anxiety and went against the commandment of God. But it was more than enough for him to not enter the promised land.

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