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Asking God For Help Part 3

By Michael Lane, Executive Director, Delve Christian Ministries
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In part one of this series, we looked at the importance and necessity of asking God for help. In part two, we examined the significance of taking an active role in solving those elements of our problems which are under our control, even as we lean on God for help in those areas which are not. Finally, today we will look at the role anxiety plays in letting us know when we have failed to do either of these two things. As Christians, whenever we find ourselves worrying about the outcome of conflict or crisis, it's an indication that there is something we have failed to do, or something we need to stop doing.

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand." Phil 4:6-7

What kind of peace is Paul talking about? He is not talking about an absence of conflict, since conflict will unfortunately forever be a part of our lives on this Earth. Paul is talking about a lack of anxiety in the face of conflict. He is promising that if we truly give our concerns to God, then we will never have to worry about the outcome.

We may have apprehension about physical or emotional suffering on the horizon; this is perfectly natural. Once again, let us turn to the example of Jesus in the Garden, (Matthew 26:38-39) and take note of the fact that Jesus is troubled by the knowledge of the suffering that He will soon endure, but not the outcome. Jesus knows beyond any doubt that His Father in Heaven is in charge and that victory over death is assured. We must follow Jesus' example and never forget that God's amazing plan for you will not be circumvented.

How, then, can we possibly have anxiety when such a powerful, loving God is in charge, and what does it mean when we just can't stop worrying about how things are going to turn out?

1) You have not fully trusted God with the outcome.

In the face of conflict, it's normal for us to say a quick prayer asking God for help, but this is not the same as lifting the problem up to God and trusting Him with it. Too often, we conclude our prayer and then immediately resume fretting about how we will ever resolve the situation. If the problem keeps you up at night or occupies your mind constantly, then you have not allowed God to truly be in charge. You are still trying to solve the problem. Only after we allow God to be in charge will the peace which Paul describes begin to flow into us. If we do not have that peace, then we are still trying to be in control.

2) You have not done your part to solve the problem.

When trouble comes, what often seems like unease about the outcome is nothing more than guilt about our failure to do what must be done. We often know exactly what we must do, and our anxiety comes from our failure to act. The irony is that if we would simply do what we know must be done, our anxiety about the outcome would vanish. The example comes to mind of a man who has been cheating on his taxes and stays up nights worrying about when the IRS will finally knock on his door. He can pray to God all he wants that his indiscretion will not be found out, but God will be very reluctant to help until the man comes clean. His worry will not diminish until he finally calls the IRS, confesses what he has done and faces whatever consequences are to come. Immediately, the anxiety will vanish. The man now has a new dilemma wondering what his fate may be, but this is a new issue which he must lift up to God anew, one in which God will be much more inclined to intervene.

Are you worried about getting poor grades in school? What you may really be feeling is guilt for your inadequate study habits. Your anxiety at not being able to find a job may actually be remorse at doing more TV watching than job searching. If you have concerns about your situation, search yourself and really examine how much is worry and how much is actually your guilty conscience. Do whatever you need to do in order to make things right, and then you can come before God with a right heart, truly ask Him to take control and implore Him to relieve your angst. If you do these things, His amazing peace will follow.

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This was a tremendous help to me. A close family member is dealing with cancer and I have been feeling rather helpless.
11/25/2007 3:42:43 PM - anonymous

this is such an awesome devotional because i am such a worry wart...... and now I know that I should not worry so much...and put it all in Gods hand.. :D ..... and I also learned to do my part too, and not just put it all on God.
jenn :D
12/14/2007 2:46:26 AM - anonymous

= ) Thanks once again; this clarified a sketchy topic for me. I'm 15 and for the very first time in my life lost my cell phone...I worried about it for a while (mostly out of disappointment in myself) but then I told myself, "why am I worrying? God has a reason for this and He's going to take care of the problem." My phone hasn't been returned, but my mom deavtivated it only thirty minutes after I'd lost it and I know that everything's going to be fine.
12/16/2007 11:42:10 AM - anonymous

I worry about my family and wanting support from them and the few friends I still have in my ministry and get nothing from anyone,I try so hard to show love to everyone and get no love back,attack on my job is overwelming and all this happen when I excepted Christ I feel so alone right now don't no what to do but cry,This devotional saved me this morning I felt like giving up thank you.
12/17/2007 10:53:11 AM - anonymous

This was a great help. This truly helped me
12/23/2007 3:21:49 AM - anonymous

I think this passage has helped me to realizing the difference between "guilty conscience" and "worry" i am a big time worrier. Right now i am facing one of the most toughest times that iv been through and something i told myself i would never put myself through,i know now that i need to focus more on putting my problem in GODS hands rather than worrying about how im gonna make it right or better. Or how to solve it. I can't all i can do is put it in GODS hand and continue to pray and focus on giving it to him rather than worrying myself. Thank You N. Moore
12/27/2007 1:12:16 PM - anonymous

These words are so true and often we need to be reminded that it is not our burdon to carry. Surrender ourselves and our troubles to God. If you pick it back up put it down again until you have truly let go and let God.
12/28/2007 12:46:33 PM - ramstutz, Member of Delve into Jesus since 12/28/2007

This sums it all up we belong to God and our purpose in life is his puropse in life for us.
1/2/2008 5:09:25 PM - anonymous

This passage really helped me out a whole lot. I tend to worry a lot and I don't know why. God is the head of my life, and I know he is my provider. Sometimes I handle my finances the wrong way, it be for a good cause but when a bill is due I get real upset with myself. I pray constantly, I trust and believe God will handle all my problems, but I find myself picking it back up and praying and worrying about the situation, whether it's finances, family or whatever. When I just need to let go and let God handle it. I also need to work on my priorities a little better, and just ask God to strengthen me were I am weak. I am one who is in love with Jesus our Lord and Savior, for he is so good. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Mary Fields
1/6/2008 1:33:46 AM - anonymous

I usually do very well with knowing that God is in control. A lot is happening at home and work - quickly pouring on the stress. Anxiety has been gnawing on me for the past few days, but I literally felt a blanket of warm, peace this morning after reading this devotional.

The key comment for me was, "If the problem keeps you up at nights or occupies your mind constantly, then you have not allowed God to truly be in charge."
1/7/2008 6:56:49 AM - anonymous

1/8/2008 12:47:41 PM - anonymous

i know i need to surrender my worries to GOD but i don't know how.
1/10/2008 4:46:15 PM - anonymous

this helped my worrying smolder and is truly helping me get over my fears for my Best friend
1/15/2008 2:53:40 PM - anonymous

Thank-You for sharing with me the need to let go and let God. If I worry don't pray and if I pray don't worry. I know that I trust God, this has confirmed to let go and trust God.
1/16/2008 9:19:49 AM - anonymous

I have been in a battle by not truly turning my health problem over to God. Thanks for sharing that God will take care any problems. Pray for me....I will truly turn all to my precious Lord.

1/23/2008 6:34:58 PM - anonymous

im learning that we have to truly trust the lord to compleatly bless and cover us and to always fave complete faith that whatever we ask of him thats in is will,will come to pass sooner or later but it will come to pass,im so excited for my answered prayers
1/28/2008 10:39:57 PM - jbrayboy, Member of Delve into Jesus since 1/27/2008

I worry about a older child that is not living a Godly life. I prayed that God would lift this worry from me and help her. I was look for somethink to help me and I came on to this thinks
1/30/2008 8:46:26 AM - anonymous

2/5/2008 4:21:57 PM - anonymous

All to often do I forget to "let go and let God".

Even now, I am faced with opportunity, but getting there is still a stressful thing. I am up too early, and trying to find peace. Stress from worry is a bad habit. So what's the problem? Changes that I feel that I have no control over, but have complete control over my circumstances. In other words - the unknown.

Getting from point A to point B is not the problem for me and most folks, but rather the mess in between. My Pastor teaches that chaos in between point A and point B is what causes the fear - not point A or point B in most cases, for we like point A, and we see being in point B. But getting there (the chaos in between) is what drives the inability to find confidence in the changing of circumstances or the environment.

The question is how to find the Lords Peace while we are in between - at the very time of chaos or even taking the leap from point A.

Prayer, study, goals, envisioning? Of course, but sometimes it takes many times and much practice in calming down just enough that we can get out of Gods way so that he can work?

I believe that the biggest thing is to know that you have done all you can do, and you know what you want to see - so the goal becomes finding faith and courage just in being patient. Letting God work is far easier to say than to do, but the goal of our faith is to practice the doing - which is simply to "be still, and KNOW that I am Lord".

I have come to realize that this is something that is learned by fasting in faith, for it puts your body and your mind through the practice of chaos (for many benefits) as you set your mind to take the leap from point A (1st day of fasting) to point B (last day of fasting). There is much nervousness and edgy-ness for the beginner, and much calm for the practiced. Does it take away the fear of problems? No, but the practice (as well as other forms) helps to bring you into control of how you respond to you, as well as how you focus and bring your faith in.

So, off I go into my challenge to practice this devotional.

I welcome your prayers for John in West Seattle, Washington (losing job, lost mother in law a week ago, need serious dental work urgently, mother going through cancer treatment).

God bless you all.

2/8/2008 10:50:41 AM - anonymous

I really needed this devotional. I have been a real mess for a while. I have suffered from depression that started with the loss of my dad a few year back. This I know there was no need in, because I know my dad was ready to go, he died of cancer and heart failure, but he made sure we knew he was ready to go to Jesus. It just hurt more than I should have let it. Then other things happened, we moved away from family, something I have never been away from. But I know that was Gods doing, because I have gotten a lot better understanding of Him and His will for me. I have learned that family is great but God is greater and can do and stand by you better than anyone. I am, I guess you can say a control freak. I have to know or see the outcome for everything before I can relax, not good. Because God has His on vision and time table. So in the process of me waiting on Him I develope an immense case of anxiety. But praise His great name, He is teaching me. That is how I found this site. I have been praying for Him to help me understand and finally I calmed down enough to "wonder" here. God in His wisdom led me and at the right time. So thanks to Him and thanks to you, I think He gave you the right words and I found them at the right time--God's time.
3/11/2008 3:58:18 PM - anonymous

thanks a lot for this eye opening messages. i am really a worrier person, since i know that God is in control, but still i do worryiing, thinking of maybe God had a lot of problems to solve and he might solve mine later, but now i realize that he is really in control of everything, that everything happen is with his plan. And his plan is for the better. tnx.
3/13/2008 4:51:12 AM - anonymous

i tend to worry about my health my family and my business most of all i worry about pleasing God i know that i know he loves me and has a great plan for my life i just have to learn to activate more faith please pray for me.
3/15/2008 9:58:37 PM - jbrayboy, Member of Delve into Jesus since 1/27/2008

I didn't realise that Jesus is willing to bear our cross for us. I think we still need to help ourselves (ie. do all we can on this earth) to ease our situation. But when we know that there is nothing else we can do, we need to trust Jesus. He has DEFINITELY looked after me in the past, taking care of things of which I had absolutely no control. I am confident that he'll do the same in my current situation again as I know he only wants the best for me. I will do my best this week to trust him completely!
3/23/2008 6:48:47 AM - anonymous

To God be the Glory! This devotion has been a great help. It was just confirmation to what I have been thinking. We should not worry, because God is in control of all things, every trial, problem and, our life. We should let go and let God be in control.

4/9/2008 8:57:18 AM - anonymous

Thank you for sharing insight on God"s loving kindness and faithfulness. Like the others I have read, I too needed to hear this wisdom. Recently a man broke into my home. He kidnapped , beat, stabbed, and strangled me over a long period of time. I never new fear like this before. My God is my only hope for recovery from anxious moments.
4/9/2008 2:56:37 PM - anonymous

I, too am a professional worrier. I try not to worry, but it seems that I just can't get thinks off of my mine. The Lord has really been good to me! I know He still is being good to me! I know that he is teaching me patience and trust at this time. Just a few weeks ago my husband and I found out something about one of our children that was devistating. This was something that was totally unexpected and unacceptable because it is not only wrong in our sight, it is wrong in Gods sight. He told us that he was homosexual. We tried to explain to him that we would always accept him, but we would never be able to accept his behavior. He became very upset that we were unwilling to accept the lifestyle he had chosen. He said that we should accept it because it was him and was who he was. I was completely devistated and just could not control my tears. We then met with our pastor and he assured us that we were approaching this matter in the right way. Although we accepted my son and our love for him will never change, we could not ever accept the lifestyle. I pray daily about this. I thought that I would be next to a breakdown over the next few weeks, but God has sustained me. I wanted God to heal him and change his heart right then, but He is teaching me patience. I have put my son in His hands and I know that in His perfect timing my son will change. I know this because God said if we ask and believe that he will answer our prayer.
This child was dedicated to God at birth and has been in church all of his life. God will teach us and our son something through this trial. I still think about this alot, but my heart does not sink and I don't cry. I know the only reason that I am getting through this and surviving emotional outburst is because God has assured me that He is in Control and He is watching over my son! Thanks for your devotion. It really affirmed my faith and was exactly what I needed for today!! Any one reading this, please pray for my son. Although you don't know his name God will know who you are praying for! Thanks God is good all the time! All the time God is good!
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4/17/2008 10:17:43 AM - anonymous

Thank you for this devotional make me think the I really need to let God control my worries, my problems.
5/2/2008 10:24:39 AM - anonymous

I needed this today, I have been so worried about my daughter and grandson moving away. I have asked the Lord to watch over them, and yet still held on to my worries and fears that they will not be safe. Each time I feel the stress and worries return I pray for Him to take control and trust his will shall be done. I trust the Lord will not give my daughter more than she can handle and I know and trust that he will watch over my grandson.
5/15/2008 2:07:59 PM - anonymous

God bless us all- I am currently between jobs and I am praying for a great new opportunity. I still go thru a lot of worries and fears. I have been reading lots of positive books and speaking positive, but it is tough. I pray for all of us.
5/20/2008 2:50:55 PM - anonymous

For many years, we've had tremendous financial trials. My husband had to change careers, going from earning 50-100/hr to 8/hr. After changing careers many times, he finally landed himself in a program that started at 8.50 but he's earned his way up to 20.That took 9 years. I am finally earning a decent wage. YOu see, we had 3 children, all 1.5 yrs apart. Coulnd't afford daycare. Though our many trials, God's hand has been with us all the time. We were finally able to purchase a house. It's been hard, but He's been faithful. Then I had the death of both of my parents within 2 years and the death of my sister followed 6 months later. I didn't think I could take any more. My heart was broken. As I healed, again, I felt the presence of God. Now, I have some of my greatest challenges. During a period when I was laid off due to downsizing, my son was in a car accident without insurance because I had to choose between utilities and car insurance. Now they are suing us. I had a lawyer, pro-bono, but now I processed paperwork late (I didn't know there was a deadlind) and they want to come after my husband and our house. I had my car reposessed for the March payment, it was taken early April. They never warned me. I had every intention of paying it in one week, but now, it's one more thing n my credit to ruin me. My second son was accepted into Mizzou for Journalism (1 in the country) but I can't secure financing. We are not poverty for grants but earn too little for additional loans (took some out for the first son). He has no credit and I can't co-sign. My son needs a co-signer which I cannot do. We've sacrificed everything to keep them in good schools and to get to college, just to have the doors closed. Finally, my husband and my daughter have anger issues. Because these things are going on, my husband cannot handle the stress and his anger can get really ugly. My daughter can be extremely stubborn and refuses to back down from him. I came home last night to see them fighting and I was overwhelmed with guilt, sadness, anxiety. They both hurt each other deeply. I know I still have lessons to learn from this, but boy, do I need a break. My husband and I should be getting ready to retire but we have nothing. Makes one feel hopeless. My anxiety attacks are so severe, I shake, cry, can't focus, I'm dizzy, nauseaus. They consume me. It takes all of my effort at times like these to refer to: Philippians 4 or Matthew 6.
I am glad I found this site because it is the first step to remembering Peace in Trials. Just remember, when we are in spiritual warfares, God will always show us our refuge. Just make sure you take it. It could be someone you least expect or a situation that you never would have considered. Keep the Peace in God. He is faithful.
5/21/2008 12:37:36 PM - anonymous

God bless you and your family. You will see a miracle! My prayers are with us all.
5/21/2008 2:01:44 PM - anonymous

sometime, i worries a lot, and that shake my foundation about serving God because when i see other who do not serve God prospering it worries me, but thank God for this site.
i have seen that the thought of man is not God thought and that in fullness of time he will surely answer us,to his glory.amen
5/29/2008 3:27:52 PM - anonymous

I am a horrific worrier, but now I have something very specific to worry about. My son is being tested for kidney disease/bladder disease; it could be nothing or it could be as severe as cancer. He is only 8 years old. Having said this, I know that the trials my family are enduring today are related to our needing to draw together as a family and placing our Lord and Savior Jesus at the center of our family. We have been going to church, saying grace, doing all the outwardly things, but our "walk with the Lord" has fallen short. Also, as parents, we are not training our children up in the ways of the Lord as much as we should and could; we are too much of this world and that needs to change. As a result of our worry and fear, we have really come together as a family in prayer and have lifted up our needs to the Lord, are drawing closer to him and letting go of the worldly things that we have so sought after. I don't know what the outcome will be, but I am praying and believing in complete healing and that my son will move forward and will glorify the Lord! I have lifted this up to the Lord and have really felt much more at peace; this is not to say that I don't still get "attacked" by the enemy, but I rebound quickly. I am praying for everyone that has commented on this site; what a joy to know that we as brothers and sisters in Christ can come together and pray for one and another knowing the power behind such prayer and that our God is every faithful...Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow! Please pray for my family and my son; thank you all.
6/18/2008 1:21:59 PM - anonymous

I am trying really hard to trust God and let him lead in my life as he sees fit for me. I am concern about a house that I applied for today and I really want it because I want my kids to be in a good area and to be in a new home is my dream. I always feel like that Im not good enough for nice things and that I dont deserve it. But I know that this is the trick of the enemy and I have to trust God and he can do anything. But the real reason is that my credit is not all that great and they are doing a credit check and I was worried until I read this website. I am given this God and trusting him. So thatnk you for the words of wisdom and have a Blessed Day and God Bless You.
8/21/2008 9:43:02 PM - anonymous

I am struggling because I am in a new relationship with a man that I feel deeply in love with and ended up having sex with him when I was so determined after being single again not to dishonor myself and God and now I am trying to back track and finding it ever so difficult because I want to have sex with him and this is causing me deep anguish because we say we love each other but who knows and I am afraid of being alone. Please pray for me and don't condemn me. Donna.
11/20/2008 8:32:33 PM - anonymous

I am suffering from an illness that seems to be taking the best of me since August. I am a suffer from vertigo but still go to work and have a career. After reading this and recommiting myself to Jesus Christ, which happened last night in my room, I am feeling better mentally and able to go through this. Doctors are not sure what I have yet but I have a family and wife and kids and am the sole income provider for my family. Please everyone pray for me that I get more healing from this. Glenn
12/17/2008 6:20:12 PM - anonymous

This devotional has been a blessing to me. It really helped me to understand the reason for worrying so much. That is, guilt, i know sometimes i worry about things that i have done and this is often because of guilt of not doing something that i should have done. I often talk to God and tell him of my problems. I apologize and everytime i speak with him i end up crying. I know God Loves me and i love him too. Now, i know that all i need to do is Let Go and Let God and do what i know i am suppose to do when my mind tells me to do it. This way i wouldnt have a guilty conscience. Thank you so much for your encouraging word. God will Truly Bless you for the good work you are doing.
4/3/2009 8:42:50 AM - anonymous

I am going through some really difficult and trying times in my personal life at the moment; i am worrying so much that i am beginning to suffer panic attacks and bouts of sickness as a result of fear and uncertainty about the future.However after reading this passage and pondering on some scripture i have been infused with hope and faith that when i let go of the problem...I let God work to solve the problem. Let Go and Let God
4/21/2009 9:00:35 AM - anonymous

I enjoy reading the Devotionals: Asking God For Help Part 3, As I was reading I saw myself not doing what I need to do. now I'm reminded of God's words, and I see why God said in Phil 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing
4/21/2009 1:42:13 PM - anonymous

I thank God for this great resource. I am going through a time of trial and want to be clean with the Lord so he can bless me and help me become a better servant.
4/26/2009 5:30:13 PM - anonymous

It's a blessing to have these devotionals. Sometimes people just need one ounce of encouragement. I learned about anxiety here which is one of my struggles. I prayed with faith believing but I usually start thinking why didn't it happen yet. My thing is God is All Mighty so it should happen right away. I'm not patient at all. So by reading this devotional I found out I struggle with anxiety and I'm not patient. I'm trusting God with my healing. I was diagnosed with Lupus 3 years ago and truly believing God for my healing. I so believe his word but these 2 things are my barriers. God is awesome, always showing us what the problems are bso we can get help. We have to love him. God Bless you all.
4/30/2009 7:09:45 PM - anonymous

A coworker committed suicide and I was asked about how we should pray for this need. This article gave me the words to share with others. It doesn't matter what pressures the world puts on you, we have a gift that others don't have -- we have our Father God, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit working for us, and in our corner. That's another reason to share Christ with everyone you meet -- whether you think they are listening or not. Thank you.
5/5/2009 8:53:33 AM - anonymous

i reealy need this at this present life of mine wishing to marry without money in the hand. i have actually prayed and did said in my prayers, God come and marry for me. though nothing is at hand presently, i know he will do it in his own ways. thank you for this encouragement.
5/28/2009 10:34:37 AM - anonymous

It seems like everything's happening at once: my house is going into foreclosure, I'm laid off from work and don't know if I will have a position anymore. Fighting with additions to alcohol and smoking. In thousands of dollars of debt already. He said he wouldn't put more on you than you can bear but I don't think I can endure much more. I'm yet trusting him to give me a strategy as he always does and send help. Thank you for your prayers and encourage and words of truth. God bless
No weapon...
6/7/2009 6:03:27 AM - anonymous

God bless you guys keep up the good work. I was just surfing for something to read in the morning and i found this and it pertains directly to my life. Praise God
6/19/2009 8:56:12 AM - anonymous

althought i've been praying and submitting my fears and anxieties over to God, I still find myself consumed with worry and asking what am I not doing that is causing me to obsess over my concern. Thankfully God lead me to this site and his answer has been revealed. I'm still trying to think of ways to solve my issue instead of leaving it at the cross and surrendering all to Jesus. Like number 1. states, I have not fully trusted God with the outcome. I'm scared that what I want is not what he wants for me and I struggle with that. But I know in my heart Gods will is whats best for us. I printed out this page and will read it everyday, multiple times if necessary till it sinks in. God bless you all.
6/30/2009 6:40:23 AM - anonymous

Hello its nice to find something like this on the internet when i really needed it. I to worry alot about my health, i recently got the gardasil shot and have been having a bad reaction to it. I found alot of people on the internet who had seizures and died from this shot i get very scared that i may have a seizure or something scary since im reacting to it weirdly. I have been praying for God to keep me safe during this tough time, but i guess i wasnt putting all my problems and trust into him, i would still worry and worry. Now that i have found this page i know now to quit being scared and worried because i realize God CAN take care of me. I will also keep reading this page over and over, its very helpful to me and thank you. And donna i understand what your going thru im going thru the same thing also if you would like to reach me my e-mail is
God bless you all and trust God with your problems:)
11/6/2009 1:57:17 PM - dmaimone1, Member of Delve into Jesus since 11/6/2009

I've really been struggling with anxiety and what really gets me is that each time I pray to God for help, He has ALWAYS answered my prayers and He gets me through the thing that is giving me anxiety. When He has gotten me through it, I am ecstatic, and all Glory to God! But the next time I have anxiety, I forget what He has done for me each time, and I STILL WORRY! I can't seem to get it through my own stubbornness that He has and will take care of me, and help me work through it. It does keep me up at night but I struggle with giving it to God and trusting Him. It will take practice and this devotional has been a wonderful help. Thank you!
1/2/2010 10:58:41 PM - MarkCO, Member of Delve into Jesus since 1/2/2010

I am beleiveing God for the total restoration in my marriage and this article, actually the 3 part series helped put me in my place. James 1 comes to mind after me reading. I have to trust God and stand on the Word no matter what things look like. I also have to do my part which is fasting, praying, tithing, and striving to be the wife as stated in Proverbs 31. Thank you for this article.

James 1:6-8
"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."
9/12/2012 4:01:50 PM - Psalm91, Member of Delve into Jesus since 9/12/2012

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