Your choice: panic or pray
By Rick Warren
— August 24, 2010
My God shall supply all of your needs. Philippians 4:19 (NASB)
"What do you need today? Energy to make it through the day? Finances? Wisdom? You have two alternatives: panic or pray."
Jesus teaches you can give him your worries by asking God to provide for your needs and then trusting that he will provide.
For instance, we can ask God to give us the food we need each day. Some translations say, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
What is “daily bread”? It’s the necessities of life—our physical and material needs that we’re always worrying about. God wants you to ask him to provide those things so you don’t have to worry about them. He’s promised to provide all your needs: “My God shall supply all of your needs” (Philippians 4:19 NASB).
What do you need today? Energy to make it through the day? Finances? Wisdom? You have two alternatives: panic or pray. Philippians 4:6 says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (NIV).
Do you really believe this verse? God says you can pray about everything. Nothing is too great for God’s power. Nothing is too insignificant for his care. Anything worth worrying about is worth praying about. If we prayed as much as we worried, we’d have a lot less to worry about! Give God your worries.
And when you talk to God about your needs, be specific. Otherwise, how will you know when he’s answered your prayers?