Pray Instead of Worry

Initiators of Change Ministries

(Win the Lost At All Cost)

“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again – rejoice! Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray.” Philippians 4:4, 6 (NLT)

Contrary to popular opinion, God wants you to be happy.

Many people don’t believe that to be true; they think the duller you are, the more spiritual you are. But the Bible says, “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 144:15).

Not only does God want you to be happy, but he tells you how to be happy! In fact, God has a four – part formula for happiness. It’s found in the book of Philippians, and we’ll look at it together over the next few days. The first part of the happiness formula is this: Worry about nothing.

The Bible says, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray” (Philippians 4:4, 6 NLT).

Worry basically means one thing: You’re not trusting God in a particular area. It’s the opposite of faith. It’s like saying, “God, I really don’t believe you’ve got everything under control.” Have you noticed how worry never solves your problems? It only takes up a lot of energy. It can’t change the past, and it can’t change the future – but it can certainly ruin the present.

Somebody once said that worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but you don’t get anywhere with it. Jesus said it like this: “Don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).

What if you converted the energy you use to worry about something to pray about it instead? Rather than pushing the panic button, what if you pushed the prayer button? Prayer is your communication with God and the first thing you should do when you start to worry – not a last resort.

Some people say, “We’ve tried everything else. We might as well pray!” Instead, take your concerns to the Lord first so that you won’t waste energy worrying. You can’t worry and be happy at the same time. That’s why the first step to happiness is to stop worrying – and start praying! It’s not always easy to do – people are natural worriers. Give it a try today. As you stop worrying and start praying, you’ll find new power in your life as you live for God’s purposes every day.

Clifford Gadafi Kasim

Clifford Gadafi Kasim is a dynamic apostolic voice to the world. He is gifted with the Healing power of God that has affected thousands of people under his ministry. Rev. Clifford Gadafi Kasim has a rare gift for presenting the deep and profound truths of the Word in a simple and easily understood way. He is the founder and general overseer of the Initiators of Change Ministries. He is also the head of a school network found in many Senior High Schools in Ghana, called World Changers. Its core purpose is to raise an army of soul winners to bring men back to God and restore man to his original position. An accomplished author, Rev. Clifford Gadafi Kasim has penned more than 25 books and a monthly newsletter “Manna from Heaven”.