“The straw that broke the camel’s back?” It’s a silly phrase, meaning that a small thing caused a large reaction. To be honest, in the past, it sounded more like an excuse than anything else. Yet I remember a day early on in the pandemic where unloading the dishwasher was that very straw.
I had so many worries that day, some of which I remember and others that are forgotten. I walked into the kitchen where no one had unloaded the dishwasher, and I’m assuming I had asked someone in the family to do so because of what came next. Tears welled up while I unloaded the dishwasher. These were not dainty tears; they were big, ugly-cry messy tears because I felt alone, burdened, and anxious about the future. My family noticed and came around me to encourage me, which helped. But I really needed to let go of all these fears, worries, and anxious thoughts in prayer, to surrender them to our powerful and mighty God.
Sometimes the straw does break the camel’s back when a small burden is added to a bunch of problems and worries that we are trying to handle on our own. What if we instead turned to God before we reached that point? I’ve written out a prayer for the worrier here that models how we can turn to God. Don’t miss the free printable resource at the end of this post.
A Prayer for the Worrier
You are a strong God, and I thank You that I can trust that! Psalm 147:5 reminds me that “Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.” I serve a mighty God who is not intimidated by my circumstances.
I confess to You that I worry too much, and that I try to work out too many problems on my own without praying about them. Thank You for the many times in the past where You have graciously rescued me.
I thank You for the answers to prayers You have provided.
And now, Lord, I want to come to You with what I am worried about now. Philippians 4:6-7 tells me to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I pray about those things now that are making me anxious, and I ask Your favor to answer these prayers. Help me to experience Your incomprehensible peace. Keep me from picking up my worries again and again.
Thank You that I can trust You to answer my prayers in Your perfect timing.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Free Guided Prayer Sheet Printable to Download
I’ve made a guided prayer sheet with this prayer to help you pray through and journal through some of your worries. You can download it for free here.