Turning to Prayer in Times of Uncertainty

Quote from Philippians 4:6-7 on Sunset backgroundIn these times of great uncertainty, I am noticing myself getting tangled in thoughts of worry and anxiety. When will life be “normal” again? Will our country move past this time of division and discord? What will happen with the school year and the safety of students, teachers, and staff? How will we continue to see grandparents and family once in-person school begins?… etc.

I have been turning to Paul’s letter to the Philippians and his reflection on how to face times of uncertainty.

“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. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

Paul encourages the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord no matter what difficulties they face. He advises the Philippians and us to turn to prayer, again and again, and God’s peace will fill our hearts and minds. Our first reaction during this time is to worry, however, Paul guides us to turn to prayer instead.

Paul also tells the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord no matter the obstacles they face. When thoughts of worry and anxiety swirl, I strive to focus on the many blessings in my life and say prayers of thanksgiving for them. I also turn to this quote from the book of James about when troubles come our way.

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

James 1:2-4

At this time of great uncertainty, we have many opportunities for our faith to be tested and for our faith and endurance to grow. May we all use this challenging time to grow in our prayer life, faith, and gratitude.


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