In his book Growing Your Soul, Neil Wiseman writes, “Prayer must be more than a kind of restatement of fretting worries or a milling over of problems. Our petitions must move beyond gloomy desperation, which deals mostly with calamity and despair.”
In commenting on this, Joanie Yoder added, “During an anxious time in my life, I became a “Prayer Worrier.” I would beg, “Lord, please keep my neighbor from causing me problems tomorrow.” Or, “Father, don’t let that ornery person spread gossip about me.
“But then the Lord taught me to pray for people, rather than against them. I began to say, “Lord, bless and encourage my neighbor, and help him to sense your love.” Then I watched to see what God would do. The Lord’s amazing answers not only helped others but also helped to cure my own anxiety!
Paul said, “God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).