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Imagine this scenario:
A young mother of two suddenly goes missing.  There are media reports,  yellow ribbons,  organized volunteers and her picture is shared across social media. People are fearing that she was injured,  kidnapped or worse. Our common response is to pray in these situations. Pray through the uncertainty of what may have happened to this woman.

A few weeks go by and the mother is found.  Life had simply become overwhelming and she just walked away leaving her home and children behind. The concern turns to outrage. The ribbons are taken down. The prayers cease.

Why is it that we are willing to go to God in prayer and trust him with the uncertain, but when we know the battle being fought we accept defeat?  1 Thes 5:16-18 says “Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ for you.” If we can believe God for all things then we should continue to believe through the known and unknown circumstances.

Pray before that job interview and continue to pray after you receive the rejection letter. Pray for your children at school and continue to pray when they receive a bad report card. Pray for that family member you don’t hear from and continue to pray when you discover he’s on drugs.  Pray when life seems impossible. Pray when the outcome seems improbable. Pray when you think the battle is already lost.  Continue to pray; asking and believing that miracles can happen.

Feisty. Small but mighty. I’m only 5’2″ but by my attitude you would swear I was at least 5’8″. I have always been quick to speak up,  jump in and handle a situation. But what about those situations my words cannot fix,  my lawyer cannot litigate,  my network cannot bridge and my badassery is of no threat?

I am a Christian so I pray. I tell God about my problems. And then I worry. Worry over whether the mountain can be moved or if I’m supposed to walk around. Worry over how long this process could take and am I even in the right place. Worry over if what I am praying for is God’s will for my life. And sitting around like Lot’s wife just salty waiting for a sign that a change is coming.

What am I doing? If you ask me I will tell you that I believe God is able. That there is no problem too big or too small. That I read it in His word and I believe that it is true so why worry?  Because I’m not in control. Because sometimes I don’t believe that I deserve nice things. Because my problem seems impossible. Because there is a a whole bushel of doubt to go with this single mustard seed of faith.

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I’ve recently been faced with a big problem. A problem much bigger than me. One that is impossible for me to fix or influence. In the past when faced with such a monstrous problem I would have cut ties and run. I have seen unwinnable battles and I have no desire to be stuck in that cycle. Only this one is different. This one I believe is winnable,  not by me but through God. And so I pray. And I wait. And I worry.

Worry myself sick. And I know that the worry is not healthy nor productive. That the worry is contrary to my belief and brings me nothing but heartache. I have tried to distract myself from worrying by playing Jedi mind tricks on myself. This has done nothing but add to the confusion.  So just today I have made a decision to stop worrying. Not out of sight and out of mind,  but present in thought and prayerful. That every anxious feeling that comes up I will stop and pray.

I am standing on belief in Phil 4:6 “Do not worry about anything instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done” and 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you”.  I have been given a God size problem,  one I cannot fix. I know my own story of how far He has brought me and I believe He intends to keep me.  I will pray on it daily and meditate on His word. I will transform myself from a praying worrier to a prayer warrior.  I will say thank you in advance for the blessing that is coming my way. I cast out all doubt, anxiety and worry from my own heart and stand firm on His word. In Jesus name. Amen.