Richard Weirich

How to Manage Anxiety

How to Manage Anxiety

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

Earlier today, I received a prayer request from a lady in California who is desperately trying to get back to the UK to be with her mother who is dying from cancer. She has been trying to sell her vehicle to raise the money for her trip. Today that car broke down and she thinks it’s beyond repair. Meanwhile, her mother continues to call, begging her to hurry because the end is near.

What struck me most about her ordeal was that she said she had “almost lost hope.”

Ever been there, that place where anxiety turns to desperation?

Live long enough and anxiety will find you, no matter how much faith you possess. Godly people get rattled as much as the unredeemed. However, we have a means of dealing with it that those outside the faith don’t have.

This lady took the right first step, called upon her friends to pray. That alone helps ease the burden, knowing others are interceding in your behalf. But corporate prayer does more than that. Remember what Jesus said? “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20) Today’s technological advances make it possible for prayer groups to span the globe and respond to requests almost as quickly as they are made. Whether it’s in church, Sunday School, on a bus or train, at work, on the phone, or in your living room, when you join with others in prayer, Jesus promises to be there with you.

Think of this. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He who is above all things, who possesses all wisdom, knowledge, and power has given you an open invitation to “cast ALL your anxiety on Him.” Cast it. Throw it. Let loose of it and give it to Him.

Why? “… because he cares for you.” God’s door is open. You don’t need an appointment. He’s waiting for you to bring your burden to Him because He cares.

Will he take your problem away — remove the crisis that triggered your anxiety? I’ll answer that question with a question. If you saw a child of yours struggling with something and upset by it, wouldn’t you offer help? You would say something like, “Come here. Let me help you with that.” Once they accept your offer, would you then ignore the problem and do nothing about it?

If the Lord has offered to take your anxiety because He cares for you, it stands to reason He intends to do something about it. He will either remove the problem, help you to resolve it, or give you the strength to endure the storm. He promises to relieve your anxiety.

By the way, worry is not a sin. We should be concerned about our health, our loved ones, our jobs, or any number of things important to healthy and godly living. But when that worry turns to anxiety and becomes a distracting care, then we have a serious problem.. Anxiety cripples us, monopolizes our thinking, impairs our judgement, and negatively effects our emotional and physical health.

God says give it to Him. In Philippians 4:6 we read, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Rather than anxiety, choose prayer with thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is vitally important. When we consider our blessings and take inventory of all God has done for us, we gain confidence and strength. It also helps us to say, “Lord, I am so grateful for all you have done for me in the past, and I know I can trust you to handle this crisis.”

The key to managing anxiety is — Don’t hold onto it. Give it to the Lord.

For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Find Peace in a Chaotic World

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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