Paper Meditations: Anything and Everything

Meditations on Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.


Notice this phrase encompasses two extremes: anything and everything.

Don’t worry anything, by itself, can be harmful. Alone, we can even take a logical step of “Don’t care about anything.” Yes, there’s a difference between the two and the distance between them can be big.

But the logic falls apart when we add the next phrase. The world’s wisdom allows for the logic to happen — don’t worry, therefore don’t care. But God’s wisdom says to introduce prayer into our hearts and minds. And not for a few items perhaps on the extreme of our anxieties, cares and burdens. No, we are to pray about it all. God really does care about lives — the big concerns and the small worries.

I believe we’re invited to pray anyway. The same person who wrote these words also said we should continually pray (see 1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is a natural and supernatural counter to how the world wants to treat us.

How has prayer helped you in your times of worrying?