Dear Marty, (Marty is my friend who asked for prayer for Kelly who is worrying herself into depression and worse.)
Worry is the opposite of prayer. Prayer is turning over to God things He can deal with, things in fact He should deal with. In this case Kelly is worried about her mother dying? Who handles death – God or Kelly?
Obviously Kelly can’t control life and death issues. And she can have little control over health issues for another person as well. As a matter of fact, most worry involves something we cannot control. Like worry about Iraq, or the stock market, or, in Florida, about another hurricane. Worry is always wasted mental activity.
Prayer is not easy because it requires us to learn how to turn over all the issues to God. Most of us secretly think we could do a better job of running things than He can. Since we can’t act, we worry instead. Worry is INACTION – but prayer is ACTION. We do what we can – prepare – and let God handle the rest.
I am going to include a group of scriptures about giving God the authority over issues. Maybe that will help her get her eyes off her inability to control and on to God’s ability – and desire – to control. And it gives Kelly something concrete to act upon.
Psalm 77:2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord:
John14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.