When you are feeling that the worry habit is getting the better of you, when all the woes of the world (or of your life and your family) seem to have fallen on your shoulders, when everyone else around you seems oblivious to the gravity of a situation . . . when all of these events take place, and you are worried, stop! Take a deep breath and choose the better thing. Prayerfully and in great love and humility, turn your eyes upon Jesus.
As you feel the light of Jesus’ presence, you’ll also feel all those worries, large and small, fall away from your mind.
—Patricia Wilson, Freedom from Worry: 28 Days of Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2012)
How often do you remember to turn first to Jesus (rather than to others) with your worries?
Join the conversation.
Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
—Hebrews 12:1-2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I am weighed down by worrying so much. Help me remember that you care for me and my needs. I bring my anxieties to you and trust in your power to relieve them. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
The Academy for Spiritual Formation creates transformative space for people to be in communion with God, self, others, and creation for the sake of the world. Learn more about various offerings from The Academy here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.