“People who ‘worry their prayers’ are like wind-whipped waves.” James 1:6
We are told to “ask boldly” believing without a second thought.” One needs to gather thoughts together and pitch them to God in a way he’ll know you are serious about your requests, as well as offering praise and thanksgiving.
The idea of “worrying” prayers is interesting. Does it mean that there isn’t faith or hope in the prayers? We have been taught that worry is a sign of lack of faith. And, fortunately, most everything we worry about never happens. Worry sucks the joy out of life while we try to solve a problem or fix a situation. Don’t we know that the results take longer and are arrived at in a clumsy way when we worry our prayers and our plans?
Years ago during the financial downswing in the U.S., one morning I sat on my patio worrying about the stock market and my funds. Suddenly, the thought came to me, If I lost my money, I wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore. Of course, I’d have new things to worry about. Since then, I’ve never spent worthless time worrying about the stock market or my livelihood. Perhaps it was a message from God as to how silly my worrying had become.
My worry prayers today are more for others… those with cancer, raising strong children, and for the mess people are making of our beautiful world.
Lord, teach us to pray with praise and trust. Amen.