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When God's in control, why ask for....?

Prayers of thanks generally come easier for me than pleas. It's kind of complicated for me to explain my frustration with asking God for the things I need, so bear with me please.

John 16:24
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Isn't it contradictory to earnestly place ALL your faith in God to direct your life and supply all your needs, but then pray for intervention when times get tough?

God KNOWS my heart. He KNOWS my needs. I've asked Him to take control of EVERYTHING and I can trust that He will. Why should I ask for anything?

When my husband and I experience financial difficulties, I worry. God knows my heart; He knows my worries. By worrying, have I forgotten His promise to be in control? Instead of asking for His intervention on those occasions, shouldn't I ask Him to remind me that He's in control; to ease my mind and heart? Shouldn't I forget the prayers asking God to keep my electric on just a few more days or to provide a way to get the propane tank filled? It's in God's hands! Why ask? Why worry?

But I do worry and I get frustrated with myself for vascilating between God's power and my own. When I allow myself to worry, I've essentially attempted to take back control. I don't want control, though. I know that when I'm in control, things don't ever go right. I fall short on every occasion.

On the occasions when I worry, when I forget to lean on God, is it a case of Satan "tinkering" around or is it that my claim to trust in God is dishonest?

On the occasions when my "perceived" needs aren't fulfilled, is it an instance of God handing control back over to me because, in worrying, I've again attempted to regain control? Or is what I thought I needed not necessarily a real need? Perhaps the difficulty, or struggle, is what I really need. There is , afterall, a lesson to be learned in every struggle.

What about worrying about what God's will is? For example, I prayed for 15 years for the opportunity to own our home. About 3 years ago, my prayers were answered. My husband and I got the opportunity. We are now struggling to keep the payments made. We are currently 3 months behind. Am I wrong to worry that it's not God's will to own our home?

When I find myself contemplating God's will, I'm usually mollified by the scriptural verse in my signature.

Isaiah 55:9
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Whatever God's will, I accept. If He's to provide an alternative, less desireable housing situation or lifestyle, I accept. If He's to test my faith by calling one of my children home, I accept. Whatever His will, I accept.....so why worry; why ask?

Father, I pray for the response that will ease my confusion. I also pray that if there be another suffering the same, the answer be provided for them as well. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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if we believe not yet he abideth faithful he cannot deny himself 2 tim. 2:13
thank you lord that our faithfulness doesnt depend on our abilities though we try to be faithful sometimes we still end up in a mess . i praise you lord for the faithfulness that is part of your perfect nature it never changes or leaves us helpless thank you lord for that faithfulness may it seep into our hearts and souls as we follow you daily. Amen
Im 16 yrs. old and I think I have generalized aniexty disorder, because I worry stuff big and small everyday. I've been like this since I was like in 3rd grade or so it seems.Its so ironic that I came across this story because I was just asking God to please help me to trust in him more and to stop my worrying. I worry everyday over dumb things and I hate it! I have a doctors apt. this tuesday for it. So in a way I kinda understand what your are going through. I pray to god everynight and tell him about my worries and I ask him to help me to stop worrying so much.
iLoVeJESUS C, please don't let anxiety ruin your life. Take it from one who knows - I was like that from I was a teenager too (I'm 46 now) and have been free of it for 3 years now. One key for me was when I learnt to bring my worries to God and leave them there. Not take them off Him again and start worrying again. I came across a post here just tonight that may be of help to you - here's the link to it:
I have bookmarked it to remind me of what God says about me. Hope it may be of help to you too. Believe what God says about you. :thumbs_up
I thank you for that! Thats the problem that I have. I cant leave them there with god, I've tried, maybe I'm not trying hard enough. I say to myself, "OK, sara stop worrying god is with you and he will take care of you, there is no need to worry" but then I start to worry again, or something else happens and adds on more worry. I feel like its a neverending cycle, and all I can do sometimes is cry and just pray. I thank you so much for listening to me, its nice to have somebody to talk to and for somebody to listen to me. I appreciate it!
Sara just send me a pm any time you need. You know in your head what you need to do, now it needs to drop into your heart. Let the scripture verses sink in, pick one and even if you read nothing else for days just read and reread that verse and let it really sink in. It's amazing how God works when we let him.
The one thing above all others that can help the child of God to have true peace and freedom from worry is stilling ourselves in His presence. Find a place where you can spend quiet time with Him, meditating on His Word, talking to Him, or simply sitting in His presence (several times a day if need be) and pray that the Lord will give you a quiet heart. He will do this for you, but you must still yourself when you feel worry coming on. The Word teaches we are to bring every thought into captivity to Christ. This indicates a required action on our part, before Christ can do His part. It takes time, but repeated action soon becomes habit. If you catch youself worrying, pause, go to your quiet place, (even if its just by closing your eyes), and turn your mind to Christ.
As for talking to God about "everything"...He asked us to do this, because He cares about us so very much!
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

You might find the information on this website helpful Amen.
God bless you!


Deu 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: