Anxiety is a joy killer. It makes us self-absorbed, and distracts us from serving others and reflecting Christ. So, itâ€™s no surprise that the god of this world uses every opportunity to tempt us toward the sin of worry. Worry, a sin? Consider this command: â€śBe anxious for nothingâ€¦â€ť Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) How is this possible? The Apostle Paul took the very medicine he prescribed for fretful believers in Philippi: â€śâ€¦ but in everything by prayerâ€¦ let your requests be made known to God.â€ť Ongoing prayer is the only sure pathway to peace; there is no shortcut
Steve Massey is the pastor of Hayden Bible Church of Hayden, Idaho. He also writes about matters of faith for The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., where he previously worked as an editor and reporter. He and his wife, Pam, have two grown children, Jake and Sarah.