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Shape your Worries into Prayers

Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”

How many of us know the truth in that? It was an image that I was reminded of as I listened to Simon preach on Sunday about worry and about prayer from Philippians 4:6-7 " Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God , which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"

As he said, it's not self-help tips (worry Wednesday?!) but the Word of God that will enable us to not be anxious about anything. What shall we do with those things that worry us, that fill our minds and hearts, that even make us ill? Instead of worrying (rocking) , and getting nowhere, here's what to do : "let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers" as The Message version phrases it.

" It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life". Philippians 4:6-7

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