PRAYER BEATS WORRY

MATTHEW 25:25-34


Matthew 25:25-34 New King James Version (NKJV)



25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.

27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.

28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.

29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.

30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations


31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.

32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.

33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.

34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.



Dr. Gough:


Do you ever worry? About anything? Pray, instead!

--When our children were young we had some records... hymns..choruses that they often sang, and played.

--One I recall was "Why worry when you can pray? Trust Jesus, He'll be your stay. Don't be a doubting Thomas, rest fully on His promise. Why worry, worry, when you can pray?" That is what Jesus said.


Mark how many ways Jesus says that in Matthew 6.

--"Do not worry..about yur life" (v 25).

--Plan, yes. Worry, no. Or "what you eat, drink."

--"Nor about your body, what you put on is not life more than food?, the body more than clothing?"

--Hasn't God cared for little birds? And for us?

--The Lord has looked after us well. And He will.

--So why worry, when you can pray? "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (v 33)

--In brief, be "born again." And "be much in prayer."


Charles Mayo of Mayo Clinic wrote, "I never knew any who died of hard work, but many who die of worry."

--Worry doesn't pay. It never solved a thing for me.

--It is like a rocking chair, gives something to do, but it doesn't get us anywhere! So why worry?

--Have a little talk with Jesus, and in His Word.


Why worry over the past; we can't change it, is gone.

--But we can ruin the present in worry of the future.


In Matthew 6 Jesus says "Don't worry" about anything, pray about everything. Concerned, but not anxious.

--"Don't worry about your life. Body, clothing, food, about alms, fasting, and the future.

--Jesus talks about money, "our treasure," one of the big worries along with health, family and things.

--Nor should we worry about sin, salvation, heaven - if we have Jesus as our Savior and Lord.

We have His assurance - resurrection and Spirit.


Jesus teaches prayer, plans, and preparedness, in God.

--I know the plans I have..to prosper you." Jer 29:11.

God prospered George Washington, for His praying.

--Facing obstacles, he didn't worry - he prayed.

--We've been to Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, and often to Valley Forge - places Washington prayed.

--A stained glass window in its lovely chapel pictures Washington on his knees, in the snow.

--As many of our forefathers, not ashamed of Jesus!

--They put the Word of God in our Constitution.

--Put worship, faith, prayer, in their daily lives.

--No wonder in our beginning God blessed America.


Why worry? Jesus said, "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?" (v 27).

Worry has no rewards. Prayer can bring answers.

What can worry get us? Someone say, "A headache."


My dear friend, worry shows a lack of faith.

--Saved ones have "The Lord is my Shepherd."

--What's the rest of it? "I shall not want..."

--"Born again," living for God, why do we worry?

--Worrying is like saying to God, "I don't need You."

--But we do need the Lord! More of Jesus, less worry.


Our world today is in the mess it is in by failures to pray, and live righteously; we play more than we pray.

--More interested in pleasure, profit and sports for the most part, rather than time for the Lord.

--Jesus said, "Look at the birds..your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value?" (26).

Of course we are. The Lord wants to care for us!


Worry is not only inconsistent, it is irrational.

--It is a poor substitute for prayer and faith.

--If you and I are inclined to anxiety, overcome it!

--It can be done, with the Lord. He's helping me


Pastoring in Michigan we took a bus load of youth to a Youth for Christ Detroit River Cruise Rally - down to Boblo Island, on a lovely summer night.

--Red Harper, star of the movie, "MR. TEXAS," was the evangelistic speaker. We got to meet him and talk.

--I recall he told the crowd, "I used to worry all the time - about everything! If I didn't have a worry, I worried about that - until Jesus saved, and cured me."


If Jesus saved and delivered Red Harper from worries, and many others, don't you think that He can for you?


The whole world, our nation, needs to pray, obey God.

--Remember 9/11/01, when terrorists attacked America, taking down the New York Twin Towers, Pentagon, and thousands of lives; churches were full of people!

--That very night, coming together not to worry - but to pray, and to search our hearts before God.

--But the nature of we humans is we forget so soon.

--Drift back into indifference, pleasures and evils.


How can a holy God bless us when we have so much sin?


Friend, let's bring God our faults, failures, worry.

--Bring Him our heartaches, grief, and our troubles.

--Give them all to Jesus. Receive His pardon, power.

--His Holy Spirit. His peace, comfort, assurance.

--God says, "Call on Me in the day of trouble" (Psalm 50:15). That doesn't mean worry, but to pray.

--He says, "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalm 55:22). He can comfort in peace.


To know the Lord, walking with Him, why do we worry?

--Look at Matthew 6:28, Jesus asks, "Why do you worry? Over this or that or anything? Trust Him!


If God cares for the "grass which today is and tomorrow is thrown in the oven..and cares for the birds...will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" (Matthew 6:30) God knows our needs; He cares.


Frankly, worry is inconsistent, irrational, and also, worry is irreverent toward the Lord God.

--It is really disrespectful - acting like He has forgotten all about us, but it is we who forget Him.

--We have a loving, eternal, Heavenly Father to care for us, never forget, when we have the Savior.

--And let's not forget all Jesus did, and is now doing, in praying for you and me - to keep faithful.

--Christ's suffering, prayers, cross, resurrection.


Nor should we worry about all our yesterdays. Gone.

--Give them all to God, good and bad, in repentance.


For God to bless America, we need to repent and pray.

In times of Washington and Lincoln, America was like one big prayer meeting, historians tell us.

--Let's not forget how to pray, nor to pray.


There is much to pray about, be concerned about; however, followers of Jesus prosper best when we pray.


I know someone dear whose life verse was Matthew 6:33, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." It was.


The more we love and live for Jesus, the less worry.

--Jesus said, "You believe in God, believe also in Me. I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, you may be also (John 14:2). In heaven!

--No finer place, or proposal His pardon offers us.


So you and I need put our priorities there, not here.

--Jesus is "the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me". (John 14:6)

--We come to Him, at the cross, for our salvation.

--We come to the Father's throne, in His name.

--The Holy Spirit leads us, and assists us in prayer.


What is prayer? It is communion - talking with - God.

--By faith, as His "born again" child, believing that God is with us..hears us..wants to help us.

--That prayer is part of God's plan from the start.

--Ready to hear, as a mother to a little child's cry.


Thus God shows us that prayer is instinctive with us.

--Just naturally, in need or pain, we cry to another!

--Remember, God requires that all of us pray, to Him.

--That means, friend, we need a right relation to Him.

--In fact, "The Lord is far from the wicked. But He hears the prayer of the righteous" (Prov 15:29, 8).


Jesus tells believers to make prayer in Jesus' name.

--He is our Advocate or Intercessor, if our Savior.

--It involves the entire Trinity. Our entire being.

--It involves repentance, praise, for God's will.

--As Jesus said, "Do not worry about tomorrow," PRAY!

--Prayer beats worry! - Wilbert D. Gough, ThD., DD. 875