We all know this passage of Scripture from Psalms 37.
Psalms 37:4-7 ESV Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (5) Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. (6) He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. (7) Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
The word “commit” in Psalms 37:5 means “to roll.” We are to roll our way on the Lord. We need to obey the Word of God if we expect results in both the spiritual and physical realms.
Would you like for me to pray for you? Do you expect me to come in agreement about what you need prayer for. Well the most common answer to those questions would be yes. And I would want you to pray for me and come in agreement with me concerning my prayer request.
Someone might come up to you with an unspoken prayer request. They will say, “The Lord knows my prayer request.” You should tell that person “Then leave the request with the Lord.” This is not being mean or hateful. If we are going to pray for people we need to know what they are praying for. How can I come in agreement unless I know what they are praying for? They might be praying worry, fret, and fear. You don’t want to come into agreement with that.
We know that in our daily needs we already have a promise and our prayer should be one of thanksgiving, even if we do not see the reality of our need.
Matthew 6:31-34 ESV Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' (32) For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. (33) But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (34) "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Luke 12:22-26 ESV And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. (23) For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. (24) Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! (25) And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (26) If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
There have been many times when I have preached that worry is a sin and someone would come up to me and say, “Oh pastor, I don’t have worry, I have Godly concern.” It is amazing how we can rename things like our emotions in order to justify our faithlessness towards God’s Word. Worry is a sin and it does reveal a lack of faith and trust in God and His Word. Therefore, it will affect our payer life tremendously.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSIM USA.