"God Does Hear Our Prayers"
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In the book of Philippians, Paul's prescription for worry is prayer. (Philippians 4: 6-7) 6. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. The very act of prayer, if it is genuine, has profound implications for worry. Prayer brings God into the situation. When God comes in, hopelessness goes out. Though we may be powerless to influence the course of worrisome events, God is not. He can find a lost child, correct our wayward teen, supply gainful work to the unemployed, and heal the sick. Paul also tells us to give thanks. While praying over a concern, as we give thanks, we will know that God will never fail us. God will also give us assurance that the answer to our prayer is on the way, in His timing. So we must stand on His word and believe. That is sometimes hard when a person feels that God is taking to long. But we must know that God's timing is always the right timing. As we pray and give thanks, our worry is resolved. Not on the basis of fantasy that bad things won't happen, but realizing that if and when they do, God still lives and will be there with us. It is said that Martin Luther once went through an extended period of depression and worry. One day his wife came to him dressing in mourning clothes. "Who has died?' asked Luther. "God!" said his wife. "God!" said Luther. "How can you say such a thing?" "I am only saying what you are living," said his wife. Luther realized he was living as if God were no longer alive and watching over then in love. Immediately, he changed his attitude. That is what giving thanks will do for us; it will change our attitudes.