Prayer Worrier or Prayer Warrior?
By: Donna Haug
September 5, 2003
Are you a worrier? I know some worriers very well. Usually these tend to be very sensitive people who have an unusual insight into people’s lives and the situations they face. But this sensitivity combined with an even slightly pessimistic or skeptical outlook on life, makes for an excellent worrier.
A worrier imagines everything bad that could possibly come from a situation and feels strongly all the emotions that this state of affairs would be sure to entail. It really is not a pleasant experience and yet so many people expend an enormous amount of time and energy on it. The interesting thing is that, most of the time, what is worried about with such gusto either is not half as bad as expected or never happens at all! What a waste of energy! What misery and anxiety to be experienced for no reason at all.
You are reminded in Matthew 6 not to worry about life. The Lord knows what you need and He will provide! Jesus pointed out the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. These, God’s creations, go about their lives doing what they were created to do and God provides the rest. How much more does God love you, and how much more, then, will He not take care of you. Rather you are encouraged to “… seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33) In other words, as you go about fulfilling your purpose for being, which is to be in fellowship with God and to honor Him in your life, He in turn will take care of your necessities.
Does this mean that you do not need to do anything when problems come, except follow the popular saying, “Don’t worry! Be happy!”? No! God does tell you to bring our concerns before the Lord in prayer. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6, 7) God expects you to bring your requests to him, not like a hopeless beggar, but with a heart of thanksgiving, knowing that God hears your prayers and will answer.
As you bring your fears to the Lord, He carries the burden. The weight of the responsibility now lies with Him. You do your part, what ever that is, and the rest you must leave with the Lord.
Do you realize what happens when you call out to God? You have just entered into battle for your situation, not as the oppressed, but rather as one who comes against the problem in the name of Jesus. You have enlisted the hosts of heaven to fight on your behalf.
The sensitivity and insight you have as a worrier, God wants to harness and use as an impetus to go to prayer. As your concern for that situation or that person overwhelms you, you can choose instead to become a Prayer Warrior. You are invited to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that (you) may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16) You do not have to be a victim of your circumstances. God wants you to live a victorious life. How can you be victorious if there is no struggle? But when the struggles do come, go boldly to your Father, present your requests to Him with a thankful heart, and trust that He will take care of you.
Make your choice today to no longer be a Prayer Worrier, but rather choose to become a Prayer Warrior in the name of Jesus!
Thanks for this reminder, Donna. Once we have placed it in His hands, knowing He will answer, the peace that passes all of our understanding will completely fill our minds. What a blessed thing that is, to have such peace in the midst of trials. Great writing!
Good reminder, worry transports your mind from the breakfast table conversation to the 'expected' worries of the office. Lost moments never to be recaptured, and as you remind us, they might never even happen.
05 Sep 2003
Excellent Donna, everyone and every church should take heed and become "prayer warriors." Ray