In today’s world, troubles abound. It is so easy to get caught up in the worries of everyday life and become anxious. However, these Bible Scriptures hold promises from God that he is there to calm your anxiety.
Go to God First in Prayer
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)
1. Do you tend to try to figure your problem out yourself first before going to God in prayer?
2. Describe the importance of going to God first in prayer.
3. Do you trust God with your problems and let go of them into his capable hands?
4. Do you try to take them back?
Lift Up the Little Things
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-27, NIV)
Worry can not only be about the big things in life, but also about the things in everyday life. Worry can build up and can not only affect your mental health, but also your physical health as well.
1. Do you worry a lot about the little things in everyday life?
2. The next time you catch yourself worrying about something, remember that God is there for you and lift the worries up to God. List one worry that you have today that you can lift up to God at this moment.
Peace in Troubled Times
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27, NIV)
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3, NIV)
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15, NIV)
God grants us that peace that passes all understanding. The world may offer us peace, but that is not true peace. Only God can offer us true peace – perfect peace.
1. How do you view peace in your life today?
2. What does the world offer as peace?
3. What does God offer as true peace?
4. Do you accept the true peace that God offers you in place of anxiety?
Prayer and Thanksgiving
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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, NIV)
To calm your anxiety, let God know of your problems that are troubling you. Through journaling, you can lift them up to God by listing them on a piece of paper. It is important to remember the next part of the Bible verse above – with thanksgiving. Make a list of the things that you are thankful of as well. In this way, you have a balanced attitude as you bring your requests to God.
1. Has journaling helped you in the past?
2. In your prayer life, do you just bring your troubles to God?
3. What things are you thankful for in your life right now?
We will all face trials and troubles in our lives. When we go to God and give Him our worry and anxiety, He will trade it for His peace that passes all understanding. He cares about each of our needs. God gives us prayer to lift up our needs so He can take care of them and release our worries. We can then end in thanksgiving and praise for Him taking our burdens and granting us peace.
Holy Bible, New International Version