Daily Devotional: Time Alone With God – Do Not Worry

Daily Devotional: Time Alone With God – Do Not Worry

The Lord’s Prayer

by Pastor Phil Stout

Matthew 6:25-34

New International Version (NIV)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


Consider: A few verses down from The Lord’s Prayer we find Jesus enlarging on that simple request…

     “Give us today our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)

He speaks about trust. He repeatedly tells us there is no need to worry (6:25, 27, 28, 31, 34). He assures us that our Heavenly Father is aware of our needs (6:32). And then he gives us a powerful tool.

How many times has someone said to you “Don’t worry,” as if that instruction alone will do the trick? Why, if it was as easy as simply deciding not to worry, you would have already done that. But the anxiety won’t leave and you’re plagued with “what ifs.” It almost angers you when someone glibly says, “Don’t worry about it!”

But there is nothing glib in Jesus’ instruction. He tells us how—through his power—to be at peace.

     “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (6:34)

In other words, Jesus is teaching us to live in the present moment. A few years ago I heard a professional talking about anxiety and depression. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know there are no simple answers to clinical depression. It is not a spiritual problem, but often a physiological and chemical problem which requires medication and therapy. But even for people suffering from severe anxiety and depression, this professional was encouraging them to learn to live in the moment—to find joy in the “right now.” He saw this as part of the answer to dealing with anxiety.

Jesus told us where we shouldn’t live. We shouldn’t live in the troubles of tomorrow (6:34). With simple trust, we ask the Father for what it is that we need right now (6:11) and we thank him for filling our right-now-needs.

Pray: “Lord, help me to live in the joy of the present moment. That joy comes from the knowledge that you are with me right now. May your presence be real to me throughout this day. And tomorrow…well, we’ll talk about that tomorrow.”


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