Scripture Focus: Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. Tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. Philippians 4:6
Give women some credit: When they do worry, those around them probably know it!
Women admit their feelings more easily, share their experiences more readily, and generally are more likely to be transparent if they’re struggling. Women may not like to admit weakness any more than men do, yet women are more likely to look for help.
Sit down in a circle of women who have gathered for coffee or conversation, and it won’t be long before you’ll be up to date on what these women are worrying about. They’ll tell you, and they’re not afraid of the process. Women worry, and they say so.
A wife may worry that her husband has lost his affection for her. She may worry that he’s finding solace with someone else at work, or perhaps on the internet. She may worry that she’s lost her girlish figure and now her husband doesn’t find her attractive.
Low self-esteem, with all its accompanying worry, is more common in women than men.
A wife may worry that her kids are getting into trouble at school. She may worry that her husband will die and leave her a widow. She may worry that he’ll divorce her and leave her to raise the children alone. Day after day, night after night, real wives worry.
“Don’t worry about anything,” Paul tells the men and the women at Philippi. Knowing how difficult this assignment may be, he immediately suggests an alternative: “Pray about everything.”
Across North America and around the globe, some of the finest prayer warriors we’ve ever met are women; wives and mothers who pursue God with all their hearts. They gladly follow the advice Paul gives in this passage. They can and do pray about all things. They can and do see powerful results as God hears and answers their prayers.
The power of a praying wife is beyond amazing!
For your personal reflection:
· Are you a wife who prays?
· Do you have God on speed dial?
Prayer: Lord, instead of telling everyone else about my troubles, help me to turn to You, rely on You, and trust in You. Help me honor Paul’s instruction to pray about all things. Lord, teach me to pray and trust. Keep me from worrying; keep me on my knees!