The other day I was standing in the kitchen, boiling water. The enemy randomly tried to get me to think about what it might be like to be boiled alive in the future, if persecution of Christians were to increase on the earth. (Does he try to drop random pictures of doom into your head too sometimes?) Holy Spirit caught that thought in its tracks, helping me quickly abort it.
He gently said to my heart, “Don’t be borrowing trouble. When I instructed you to let tomorrow worry about itself, it’s because that’s the healthy way to live. Today, I will provide grace for today. Stay within the boundary of today in your heart and in your thoughts.” Soon after, I heard Him whispering this verse to me:
What a simple, beautiful formula for living well. Let’s look at it in steps:
1) Don’t worry about anything. Jesus really meant it when He said to let tomorrow worry about itself (Matt. 6:34). In other words, when tomorrow comes, that’s when you can address whatever it challenges it holds, in the strength of God. Tomorrow is not here. So don’t go there right now. Stay here, in this moment, leaning deeply into the grace that Daddy is providing for this minute and this hour.
2) Pray about everything. Talk to Him about all of it. Absolutely all of it. Everything. Every big thing. Every little thing. Everything in between. Tell Him your thoughts, tell Him your feelings. If you have a sixty-second interval waiting for the microwave, use it to look at Him with your heart’s eyes and tell Him how much you love Him. Throughout the day, ask Him all your questions, both profound and simple. Whenever you wonder about something, bring Him into it. Practice His presence. Pour out your heart to Him. Share with Him your tears and your laughs. Let Him be your very Best Friend. Pray about absolutely everything.
3) Tell God what you need. With the simple faith of a trusting child, lift your need to Him. Do so with the anticipation of a loving and kind answer. Do so in expectation that He will perfectly meet your needs.
4) Thank Him for all He has done. Make sure to mix a whole lot of gratitude into the flow of prayers throughout the day. On purpose, remember all the things He has done for you. Get very specific in thanking Him. “Thank You Daddy for the beautiful fuchsia color on that flower!” “Thank You so much for how perfectly You just orchestrated that situation!” “Thank You Jesus for dying for me.” There are so many, many things to thank Him for in every single set of 24 hours. Colossians 2:7 instructs us to live our lives “overflowing with thankfulness.” No matter what is going on, practice thanksgiving aggressively. Get that gratitude muscle pumping irons!
When we practice living this way, what will be the result? The next verse gives it to us: “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7, NLT).
The peace that passes all understanding. We could all use more of that in our lives, couldn’t we? So let’s take Him up on His offer. Let’s let tomorrow worry about itself… and get to praying about everything!
What do you do when the enemy tries to insert pictures of doom into your imagination?