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Interested in breaking the worry habit? Here are practical guidelines to help you turn worry into trust.

Acknowledge that worry has become a problem.
If such an organization as Worriers Anonymous should ever be established, those who attend should have to introduce themselves by saying something like, “My name is John Doe, and I’m a worrier!” Admitting that worry has become chronic is the first step towards a long-term solution to the problem.

Ask God in faith to deal with your problem.
Remember Paul’s advice? “Don’t worry about anything; pray about everything!” Today, we seem to do the reverse. Specifically ask Him to deal with the problem that kept you turning and tossing last night.

Act in obedience to the Word of God in this matter.
What does the Bible say about our worries? Peter wrote, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Psalm 55:22 has similar words of advice, “Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you.”

Commit to Him what He alone can do.
To put God’s psychiatry in action requires commitment. You come to the place where you say, “I refuse to worry about this – I’m going to turn it over to the Lord and let him deal with it.”

Refuse to worry about your problem again.
Once you have committed your worry to the Lord, you’ve got to decide that you are going to leave the problem with Him. You can say, “Lord, I turn this need over to You – You work it out without my help. I refuse to stay awake and be concerned about it.” “Good night, Lord.”

This is an entry from Guidelines for Living by Harold J. Sala. This devotional is available at OMF Lit Bookshops and our online store, shop.omflit.comfor P395.

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