TITLE: 50 DAYS OF PRAYERS AND EXERCISES FOR THE NEW YEAR.
THEME: Preparing Mentally and Spiritually for a Blessed Year-End and A Fruitful New Year
PURPOSE: As we approach the end of the year, it is essential for us as Christians to reflect on our spiritual journey and prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually for the coming year. By aligning our hearts with God’s will, we can experience a year-end filled with gratitude and a new year filled with hope and blessings. In this sermon, we will explore biblical scriptures and daily exercises that will help us in this preparation process.
DAY 7 – 8 (SATURDAY 18TH AND SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2023)
TOPIC: SURRENDER YOUR WORRIES TO GOD
AUTHOR: MARY LAWRENCE-DOKPESI
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
SURRENDER YOUR WORRIES TO GOD
As we close out the current year and look ahead to the next, it’s natural to feel a sense of uncertainty and worry about what the future holds. However, as believers, we can find hope and faith in the power of surrendering our worries to God. In this devotional, we’ll explore how we can surrender our worries to God and finish the year successfully, looking forward to the next with hope and faith.
Why should I surrender my worries to God, you may ask?
Surrender is a powerful tool that we can use to overcome worry and anxiety. When we surrender our worries to God, we’re acknowledging that He is in control and that He has a plan for our lives. We’re also recognizing that we can’t handle everything on our own and that we need His guidance and strength to get through life’s challenges.
When we surrender our worries to God, we’re not giving up or giving in to our fears and doubts. Instead, we’re choosing to trust in His goodness, wisdom, and love. We’re believing that He will work everything out for our good, even when we can’t see how.
Therefore, surrendering your worries to God is a powerful way to find hope and faith in the midst of uncertainty. By following the steps outlined below and practicing surrender each day, you can finish the year successfully and look forward to the next with hope and faith. Remember to trust in God’s goodness, wisdom, and love, and let go of your need to control everything.
Identify your worries: Take some time to reflect on what’s causing you worry and anxiety. What are the specific things that are weighing you down? Write them down.
Bring your worries before God: Once you’ve identified your worries, bring them before God in prayer. Be honest and open with Him about your feelings and concerns.
Let go of control: Recognize that you can’t control everything, and that’s okay. Let go of the need to control the outcome of your situations and trust that God is in control.
Ask for peace: Philippians 4:7 tells us that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Ask God for peace in the midst of your worries and anxiety.
Practice thankfulness: Thank God for all the good things in your life, no matter how small they may seem. Practicing thankfulness helps to shift our focus away from our worries and onto God’s goodness.
Beloved in Christ, as we surrender our worries to God, we can find hope and faith in the midst of uncertainty. Remember, God is in control, and He has a plan for your life. Trust in His goodness, wisdom, and love, and let go of your need to control everything. Practice surrendering your worries to God each day, and you’ll find that He is faithful to guide you and provide for your needs.
Dear Lord, I come before you today with a heart full of worries and anxiety. I surrender all my fears and doubts to you, trusting that you will guide me and provide for my needs. Help me to let go of my need to control everything and trust in your goodness and wisdom. Thank you for your promise to guard my heart and mind through Christ Jesus. Amen.
FURTHER SCRIPTURES: Matthew 6:25-34; 1 Peter 5:7; Luke 12:22-26