The Cure for Anxiety
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:5-6)
Have you ever felt nervous about something? Does anxiety physically affect you? More people are on medications today for anxiety and stress than any other time in history.
The Bible isn't merely a book of doctrine; it is God’s Word, full of practical insights on how to deal with real-life matters. One of those very real matters is anxiety, stress, and nervousness.
Paul wrote in Philippians 4: 5 that we are to be careful for nothing. He doesn’t mean to throw caution to the wind and do things that are reckless and dangerous. The word careful means full of care. Paul was saying not to allow yourself to be anxious about anything. Refuse to worry. Don’t worry about him or her or them or what or where or when or how.
How can we live that way? Paul gave us the answer: “in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Paul listed three things that relieve anxiety.
Prayer - the Greek word for prayer is proseuche in Greek and means to commune with God. Talk to God before you do anything else when you are tempted to worry.
Supplication - this word means definite requests made on behalf of others. Pray for someone else and get your mind off of yourself and your problems.
Thanksgiving - After you pray, spend time rejoicing and shouting for victory. Thank God for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He is going to do in your life.
Practical Application – Remember the three things that alleviate worry. Pray, supplicate, and give thanks any time you start to feel stress or anxiety try to creep up on you.
1 Peter 5:7; Ephesians 6:18