I’ve recently written a post How to Worry Less which was inspired by a particularly difficult time my husband and I were going through, financially and spiritually. That situation taught me the power of prayer, how to give my worries to God, and how prayer can be the solution for problems.
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Effects of Stress
Since then I have been diving into my Bible reading scriptures and stories that concentrate on prayer and the reasons we should not worry. Why I have I been doing this? It’s one of my alternative treatments to control flares of fibromyalgia and is a solution for problems – all of them.
Stress of any kind – physical, emotional, mental, etc – will lead to a flare of fibromyalgia symptoms. I’ve had a lot of difficult times during my struggle with fibromyalgia, and stress has led to many flare ups over the last few years. There are many different ways to alleviate stress, and my way is spiritually.
In 2011 a co-worker gave me an inspirational devotional Hope for Each Day: Words of Wisdom and Faith by Billy Graham. It contains a biblical scripture and devotional for each day of the year and this is the third time I’ve read it.
Growing in spiritual awareness
As I grow in my spiritual awareness the passages are read with a new perspective and insight. The selections are almost always fitting to my current plight and gives me a direction on where to go. I read a selection each morning upon waking and follow it with prayer.
This morning’s selection was in response to my growing concern about my disability case with the Veteran’s Affairs. I fell asleep with this concern on my mind last night and this morning’s daily read was this:
Pray About Your Problems
What do you do when you have a problem? Do you worry? Most of us do. But does worrying solve the problem. No, it does not. Then if worry doesn’t solve the problem, why worry?
The Bible’s account about Hezekiah gives us an idea for problem solving: “Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. Then Hezekiah prayed before the LORD” (2 Kings 19:14-15).
Instead of turning to God as a first resource, we so often turn to Him as a last resort. Follow Hezekiah’s formula. Turn to God first with your problems, for only He is capable of handling them in a way that will be in your best interest – and according to His perfect will.
How fitting is this for my current situation? Absolute perfection, and a great way to stop the worry before it stresses my body leading to a flare with aggravated symptoms.
When faced with problems
The next time you are faced with problems, remember Philippians 4:6 and don’t worry about anything, but pray instead. It’s physically and spiritually healthier!