Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, reviving my practice in the Lenten season of 2017, I revise the prayers I wrote then for each of the forty days of this Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, a concern weighing on my mind and heart or a care of my soul and spirit.
On warding off worry by willing one thing…
Jesus said, “Do not worry about your life…Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them…Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these…Therefore do not worry…But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6.25-33, excerpted)
O Jesus, well You know my fainting, fretful, at times, fearful heart, wantonly given to worry.
Bind and draw me, by Your Spirit’s tether, closer to You that I, alway seeking, seeing first God’s kingdom, continuously will find rest in the knowledge that the surest, truest cure for care about manifold things is to care for one thing.