In 2014, Amazon reported the most highlighted, underlined Bible verse in used Bibles for
sale. It’s not John 3:16, it’s Philippians 4:6-7: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
Apparently, averting fear’s control over them is the biggest challenge Bible readers face.
Highlighting it reminds them what to do when anxiety builds. The odd thing in St. Paul’s
remedy is the words “with thanksgiving”. Why give thanks for the situation causing our
anxiety? Does the cause of the anxiety go away; or is it still there, but now we are trusting
God to handle it, therefore, we’re at peace?
Luke 18:1 adds this: “Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray
always without becoming weary.” Then there is Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work
for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” It sounds like
peace comes from knowing that He turns sources of anxiety into good outcomes IF we
love Him and are fulfilling His purpose. James 5:16: “The fervent prayer of a righteous person
is very powerful.” It’s hard to pray fervently, in faith, with a guilty conscience.
In summary, it’s prayer or anxiety, thankfulness or worry. continual prayer or weariness. It’s
loving God or doubting any good will come of it. Truthfully, do we have a reason to be anxious if
God loves us? Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your
Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” Since we inherit the Kingdom, what situation is
of sufficient magnitude for anxiety? Let’s obey Him. Have no anxiety at all.