I recently read that the most highlighted verse in the online Kindle e-Bible is…are you ready for this? Here you go: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Ph 4:6)
The focus of that verse is usually placed on prayer as the antidote for worry. Certainly Paul encourages you to pray about about everything. However, there is more to worry-free living than just prayer. Lete me explain.
By isolating verse 6 and 7, I have been guilty of missing the fundamental reason behind such a ridiculous-pie-in-the-sky sounding statement such as “do not be anxious” or “Don’t worry about anything.”
Read the verse in context and see if you see what I mean. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything…” Did you see it? Ancient commentators like John Chrysostom would read verse 5 and 6 as one verse, not two separate verses. So it would read “The Lord is near. Have no worries.”
And that my friends is the secret to worry-free living. Recognize the presence of the Lord. That’s right…the main reason we don’t have to worry is because the Lord is near. Now, if you are worried then talk with him about that.
So there you go. Enough said.