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Scripture Lesson: Philippians 4:6-7
6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 
Don’t think of an elephant.
What happened in your mind as soon as you read the prior sentence? Did the image of an elephant flash in your mind? And linger there?
So often we tell ourselves not to worry, we decide we won’t even think about whatever it is that is worrying us, and then find that we can think of little else other than the cause of our worry. It seems impossible to banish the worry from our thoughts or our hearts.
And yet Paul offers a spiritual prescription to banish worry from our minds. What he said was that we are to take our worries to God in prayer, laying it all out before the Lord and then leave them with God.
And what happens then? We discover a peace that exceeds human understanding because it is divine in nature.
So how do you do that, practically speaking?
It sounds simple, but is actually incredibly profound. It works this way…
Suppose you are worried about your job, for instance. Take it to God and spell out everything. Define the worries, the concerns, the frustrations and fears. Then say to God, “I leave this in your hand, O Lord.”
Once you have taken that step, every time you feel the worry creeping back into your heart or mind, remind yourself – “Ah, but I have entrusted that to God!” And say a prayer of thanks that God has invited you to lay down your burden at His feet.
What will happen? With time you will find that you worry far less, and think far more about the peace and security that comes from trusting God. It helps if you commit this passage to memory so that you always have the Word to stenghten and encourage you. You really won’t believe it until you try it.
Prayer: “Lord, I lay my burdens down before You. Remind me never to pick them up, but to trust in Your love and grace at work in my life. In Christ, Amen.”
 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Php 4:6–7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.