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From Stewing to Doing

Too worried to pray?

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If you know how to worry, then you know how to meditate.

Apostle Gabriel Cross, from Pure Glory

Brother Gabriel makes a valid point. Both worry and prayer involve fixating our thoughts. So why not focus on something productive?

Worry often involves more stewing than doing. Yet prayer is doing at the highest level—even if it’s from our knees. I love how Young’s Literal Translation describes this:

Cast on Jehovah that which He hath given thee, and He doth sustain thee. He doth not suffer forever the moving of the righteous.

Psalm 55:22 (YLT)

If we truly believe God causes all things to work for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), then our issues are His issues. So give them back to Him, silly! (That was me talking to myself 😇).

This past January marked my forty-fifth year being friends with God. And I can confidently say, along with King David, “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken.” — Psalm 37:25 (NIV)

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By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

49 replies on “From Stewing to Doing”

Worry is giving the advantage to the devil. How true. Yet fretting is so easy to do. Recently, after posting this, I literally have felt too worried to pray. So I asked the Holy Spirit to pray with me. I believe He did, because the burden was lifted.
I’m sorry it took me so long to approve your comment, Manette. I missed the notification somehow. God’s best to you.

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I was told once, “Worry is like praying to our enemy–Satan. Therefore, don’t become his ally on the battlefield.” Remembering that, instantly sobers me up to repent of my worry and cast all my cares on God. As I trust Him, He works all things out in His perfect time, training, and shaping me along the way. I’ve seen things I don’t understand but as you said, “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken.” Great thoughts, David.

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You’re welcome, brother Alan. God Bless you too, brother. I read on your sight that Susan has tested negative for COVID. I pray tomorrow she will get that second negative test and be able to leave isolation. God Bless!

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I identify with your sentiments, Tina. Sometimes, when we need to pray the most there just isn’t the strength to do so. My hope is that the Holy Spirit prays for us during these difficult times. It’s ok to put the prayer “training wheels” back on. God knows!

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So true, Gary. That scripture verse that says, O magnify the Lord with me…” comes to mind. Honing inon what’s really REAL and leaving all else outside the frame is key. I appreciate your stopping by and thank you for your input. Blessings!


What a powerful opening quote! I like your follow up- “Worry often involves more stewing than doing.” I found myself being pulled into doing that type of stewing this morning as I was walking the dogs which is also the time I pray. Funny how the enemy strikes strongest at the time that should be prayerfully productive and tries to make it muddled mess of worry stew.

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Yes, there is always hope! The title of your site says it all, “Don’t lose hope.” Obviously, there are certain situations where all hope is lost. But even in these times it is best to keep our spirits up. What is it Hemingway said, “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

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Sometimes I feel too worn, weary, irritable, tired… ect to even speak. I don’t know what to pray when I feel that way. Mostly I end up wanting a fast forward button because this seems to go on forever…. Somedays reading and Scripture helps. Some days music helps. Some days prayer helps. But prayer is the thing I struggle with most when I’m worn….

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I can’t remember where I heard it. I think it was in a sermon, some 25 plus years ago!

It stuck with me – the idea of worry being like a rocking chair, hence the the turning worry into action quote, since all the movement in a rocking chair can’t be turned into making progress…just tires you out going back and forth without actually going anywhere

Andy B

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I like your quote too, Andy. It’s a great summary of my main point in this post.

Yes, I came to faith at age nine, but really began to grow in my relationship with God at age fifteen.

Thank you for reading and sharing today. I’m tapping over to your site right now. Hopefully, it will let me follow again. Blessings!


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