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Friday, December 27, 2013
Today’s Reading | Philippians 4:4–7
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus. (NRSV)
My devotion assignment for this month came at a very unique time. I was home a couple of weeks ago, and my dad, sister, and I all watched a sermon by Rick Warren entitled “How to Keep from Stressing Out,” based on this very verse in Philippians. The message that really stuck out was “If you prayed as much as you worried, you would have a lot less to worry about.” I find that one of the hardest things for me, and what I worry about are things that I cannot change. “I should have done this; I could have done this; now this is going to be so different because I did that.”
This verse, however, tells me not to “worry about anything” and to “let my requests be known to God.” When I was in middle school my youth pastor said, “When God says that he is there with you always, try and picture that. As you walk down the street, ride in your car, imagine God sitting beside you giving you comfort.” That is the practice I find gives me the greatest reassurance. In moments of great trials, let us always remember what God is promising!
Lord, I pray for continued peace throughout my days. Help me be diligent in learning to pray first before I worry, to give all of my cares to you, you who promises to guard my heart and mind. Amen.
Written by Ashley Elskus, Co-Director, the Center for Life and Learning
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