Doesn’t is seem like there is always something to be worried about? If not in our personal lives – then one quick look at the news highlights can fuel our angst rapidly? I read a study by Harvard Business Review showing that “Anxiety is the #1 Mental Illness and affects over 40 million Americans.” One of the tragedies of the study is that it was published back in May of 2020. What would the number be today???
That is why I love the title of the book, Worried About Everything Because I Pray About Nothing. One day I was randomly listening to a podcast and the guest was the author, Chad Veach. Never heard of him. His interview was so intriguing – I had to rush out and get the book (okay, my library had it available for free).
Chad’s foundational principle is that we should pray, turn things over to God, and pray some more until we reach some level of inner peace. In his own words, “Pray yourself to peace.” Worry, anxiety, and “fixing it” are usually our default modes. I had a fairly intense encounter with an angry “client” last week. It all turned out okay. After reflecting – I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t pray before, during, or after that encounter. Was I anxious? Yes. Was I worried? Yes. Did I pray? No.
Here are some of the key scripture verses from the book:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. (Philippians 4: 6-7)
You (God) will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26: 3)
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. (2 Thessalonians 3: 16)
“I (Jesus) am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give . . . “ (John 14: 27)
So if The Bible is true (it is!) – then perfect peace, God’s peace we can’t understand, and peace at all times and in every situation are attainable? Sign me up for this program! That’s the tricky part. It takes some effort, intentionality, and time on our parts. “Pray about everything” is the revealed secret. And it goes to a whole new level when my prayers stop being so “me” focused and they shift to others needs (and praying about world events instead of worrying or being angry about them). Here are are a few quotes that stood out to me from the book. Actually, they stood out because they were 1/2 inspiring and 1/2 “Ouch!”:
“Don’t ask God to guide your steps if you’re not ready to get off the couch.”
“It is easier to pray about things than to actually put in the work to fix them.”
“Crazy thought: Our prayers can move the hand of God.”
“Prayer is relational and not transactional.”
“What do you give a God that has everything??? . . . . . We give him more of ourselves!”
Conclusion: How about we give this a try? The next time something happens that leads our thoughts to worry, anxiety, and stress – what would happen if they first thing we did was stop and pray? It can be silent, swift, and imperfect. What would it be like if we started the habit of “praying yourself to peace”? And finally, what if our lives reflected flipping the title of this book? Worried About Nothing Because I Pray About Everything . . .
Thank you for this! I struggle with control and when I don’t have control… that’s where the anxiety kicks in. Talking it out with God even with the simplest things always helps!.
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Love you too Vicki! Same here with control issues . . . maybe we’re related??? 🙂
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I always appreciate your timely wisdom and insight. We are all seeking peace in our lives. I know which book to read next and what to put into practice. Thank you for sharing this blog with us and always bringing us closer to God in the process.
May you enjoy peace and blessings this and every day.
Thanks Kelly – let me know what you think of the book!
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Thank you for this! It is something I KNOW to do, but don’t do it nearly often enough! Prayer should replace worry and I need to remember and practice this!