June 13, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on 2 Corinthians 13:11 “Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
A recent report estimates that some 40 million adult Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, with almost 7 million suffering a level of anxiety characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things.
For many of us, this is not news. For many, severe anxiety—anxiety over past regrets, present problems, future outcomes—threatens to grip them every day. What to do with such worry? What to do with such dread and so much fear?
As Christians, we can approach the ultimate healer, God, our Father, who tells us to come to him when you are weary and heavy-laden, that he will give us rest. Take a deep breath. Bask in his forgiveness. For, as we are reminded in Psalm 139, our God of peace is in front of us, behind us, around us. His right hand “holds [us] fast. When anxious thoughts trouble you deeply, look intently to your Savior God, the giver of peace.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, so often I give in to anxiety. Forgive me. Wash me in your blood. Surround me in your peace. Empower me to trust in you, my Savior. I pray this in the name of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen