Phillipians 4:6 commands, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
The moment you feel despair, anxiety, pain or worry, turn your thoughts toward God. You’re going to go through what you feel anyway, and your reactions, attitudes and thoughts are going to flow. You’re an energy emitting being – something’s flying – be it denial, suppression, anger or depression in response to anxiety. So, if you can mentally picture aiming your thoughts toward someone or something, I ask you to aim at God.
I look at this as a practical application of Phil 4:6 in our lives.
Make your target purposeful. Clearly identify within yourself that it’s God you’re turning to. When you address someone or something – you turn to it. Speaking to God about what’s on your mind is no different. A simple reading of this verse however, leaves one wondering how to cheerfully petition God in times of anxiety.
I agree that it doesn’t always seem feasible, but God is very familiar with the world’s brokenness – your human nature. He mends, so why bring artificial or partially stitched-up clothes to His presence, when scattered bits of fabric are what you possess? This is an analogy of your life, the anxieties scattered within, and the reason why its sometimes hard to turn to God, and joyfully so.
Offering your anxieties to God is as real as it gets, because you raise up the fears buried deep within. Habitual practice produces a grateful heart – God does provide His grace and providence in your situations. A happy person deflects and repels sources of anxiety.
Like anything else, it takes a while (sometimes a lifetime) to get the hang of this, but God has also promised not to leave you – especially not where you’re seeking His heart – which only means good things for you.