As I said yesterday, being obedient doesn't come naturally to us. In fact, the opposite is true. It is natural for us to be rebellious and arrogant.
Often we do not count the cost of being a bunch of rebellious brats or worse, we ignore it. Rebellion, prideful arrogance, and selfishness always breed worry, doubt, and anxiety.
Now before you start emailing me with the, "Who are you, you don't know what I am going through?" Understand that this isn't about your circumstances. It's how you respond to your events that require your obedience.
Paul told us not to be anxious about anything. "Easy for him to say?" I don't think so. When you read his biography, it's a string of beatings, imprisonments, rejections, and attacks that none of us would ask for.
He then goes on to tell us that instead of being anxious we should pray, we should pray for ourselves and that we should do it with thanks.
"Thanks? I'm in deep trouble, and I'm supposed to give thanks. About what?" About the promises of God. Give thanks that regardless of whatever situation you are in, God is bigger. Regardless of the impossibility of what you are facing, there is a God who is greater than the impossible.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I'm praying for myself today. Not out of selfishness, but out of need. I need you to calm my heart and mind down so that I can give praise to You today. AMEN