Don’t Worry, Pray about Everything, Be Wise
[March 12, 2020]
These are words Pastor Shawn Barkley spoke to staff on Wednesday, March 11. These paragraphs will help guide you through these three imperatives, listing scriptures you can read which address worry, scriptures you can pray, and wisdom from God’s Word and from good health practice.
With the current world-wide health concerns it is easy for us to feel isolated, worried, anxious or afraid. Anxiety and panic stem from a spirit of fear. 2 TIMOTHY 1:7 tell us: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind. There are those who whisper lies to us to get us to give in to worship fear, and anxiety. We must keep our eyes on God and remember he is provider, sustainer, healer, deliverer, refuge.
You will receive power and strength in reading scripture. In Isaiah 55:11 God promises: “so is my word that goes out from my mouth—it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Pray About Everything!
Praying God’s word back to Him reminds Him that there are still things we are depending on Him for, and He promised that His word, even spoken by us, will yield results. You may wish to read these scriptures out loud because His Word says that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Read through this list, and then pick one or two which address your particular need and meditate on them. Repeat several times a day, asking the Spirit to guide you to the verse you need!
- Philippians 4:6-7
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 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.”
- Matthew 6:34
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
- Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
- Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
- Matthew 6:25
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”
- John 14:1
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”
- John 14:27
“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
- Psalm 34:4
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
- Colossians 3:15
“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
- Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
- 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.”
- Psalm 94:19
“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”
- Proverbs 12:25
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
- Psalm 27:1
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
- Isaiah 35:4
“Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
- 1 Peter 5:6-9
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.”
- Isaiah 26:3
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
- Psalm 23:4
“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”
- Hebrews 13:5-6
“…God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”
- Psalm 56:3
“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.”
- Isaiah 41:10
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
- Psalm 121:1-2
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
- Exodus 14:14
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
- Isaiah 54:17
“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”
- Lamentations 3:57
“You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’”
- Psalm 112:7-8
“He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.”
- Psalm 111:10
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!”
- Psalm 3:5
“I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.”
- Isaiah 43:2-3a
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
- Proverbs 1:33
“But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”
The best way to protect yourself from the virus is to avoid exposure to it by using the normal health precautions you would take to avoid illnesses such as the flu or the common cold.
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often and properly (soap and water, for at least 20 seconds).
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces or objects.
- If you must sneeze or cough and have no tissue available, do so in the inside of your elbow, not into your hands or into the air.
Hopefully this information will help you feel more informed and comfortable as you make decisions for yourself and your family.