Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6 ESV)
Philippians 4:6 above is a verse I hold dear to my heart because of its huge practical implications in my life almost every day. The instruction is simple and easy to understand. The Lord says, do not be anxious or worried about anything. He then tells us what we should do when situations challenge us: in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
There are a few verses that will test your faith and spiritual maturity as this verse. If you have ever thought of yourself as a man or woman of faith, test it against this verse. The world, and most likely, your life is full of anxiety-provoking situations all around. And yet the Lord instructs us to do something that is one of the most abnormal or counter-human things you can ever do: not being anxious in an anxious situation.
Obeying this commandment will mean one of two major things: either we are living in what the world calls denial, that is, denying reality or we know the God who said those words and our faith is hanging on Him. It is normal to be anxious when facing challenges of many kinds. Yet the Lord commands you to live the super-normal, the supernatural or the heavenly lifestyle:in faith trusting God and maintaining your peace even in that challenging situation.
Put God’s Word to work. Do not be anxious about anything, including that thing you are facing right now that you think is different.
Does it matter if you are anxious or not? Do you think the outcome in that situation depends on whether you are anxious and worried or trusting and believing in God?
APPLY THE WORD
I have written many times, and make no mistake about this. It matters whether you trust God in situations or not. There are things you might suffer for longer periods until you choose to stop being anxious and start trusting God even when it looks like you have lost your mind. Do you want to obey God or be a doer of the Word? Then do what the verse above says, without excuses. Do not be anxious about anything.
Ask the Spirit to strengthen you to make this verse your daily reality.