March 4, 2023 Your Daily Prayer For Saturday
Praying is such a vital tool for Christians to take hold of the power and strength God wants to give us. Use our daily prayer devotional to focus your mind and heart on the love of God at the beginning of each day and throughout your day.
Welcome to Your Daily Prayer Today – A Prayer to Help Me Stop Overthinking. May God bless you as you study and pray.
Bible Verse: “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:2 NLT
A Prayer to Help Me Stop Overthinking
By Kristine Brown
I’m a classic overthinker. Give me a problem to solve, and I’ll come up with every outcome imaginable. This character trait comes in handy when my child forgets about a project due tomorrow. Or when I’m trying to fit all the family’s activities into one cohesive calendar. But when I’m facing deeper issues, my overthinking can lead to worry and stress.
I’ll fret over a problem until exhaustion takes over, getting no closer to an answer. Because even though I know I can’t solve it on my own, I struggle with giving my cares to God and letting go.
Have you ever thought and thought about a problem until you worried yourself sick? I’ve been there, and I’ve felt the effects that worry and stress can have on our physical bodies and on the lives of our loved ones. But God’s powerful Word in Colossians 3:2 shows us a better way to occupy our minds, “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
In chapter 3 of Colossians, the apostle Paul gave believers unquestionable direction for how to live their lives. He offered a mindset shift. Paul showed the church what mattered most as new Christians, “Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.” (Colossians 3:11b) He pointed them away from sinful desires and encouraged them to clothe themselves in “tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
Paul’s letter still applies to our lives today— when sinful desires tempt us or when we focus too intently on our worldly problems rather than our heavenly hope. “Focusing on the things of heaven” can be our battle cry when we fall into the trap of overthinking.
Turning our thoughts to Jesus calms our weary hearts and relieves the heaviness of carrying the weight of our problems. We will discover less stress and more peace when we stop overthinking and focus on God and his goodness. Let’s begin with this prayer.
Let’s Pray: Dear Lord, I’ve been worrying again. I’ve let my problems consume me, and I’ve forgotten to give my cares to you in prayer. Forgive me, Lord, for focusing too much on my circumstances. Help me stop overthinking everything and trust you in all things.
I know you created me with unique traits and abilities. I want to help and to serve others, but my overthinking can get in the way. I spend time trying to solve problems rather than trusting you. Help me remember the truth of your promises when I’m tempted to worry. Help me remember to, “think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
You are a loving and faithful Father. 1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV) shows me this, “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Thinking about your faithfulness brings joy and peace to my weary heart. Stress fades away when I focus on who you are rather than on my problems. I trust you in all things because you are good. Have your way in my life, God. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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