The Worry Substitute
The best way to stop worrying is to start praying.
It’s hard to stop worrying. Althought we’ve never smoked, we can imagine that it’s just as difficult to stop worrying as it is to stop smoking. Both activities are a form of addiction. And even though the habit is harmful to you, you can’t help but engage in the activity.
So what’s the best way to stop? With smoking, the experts say that rather than quit “cold turkey,” you have to substitute something else–a patch, a piece of gum, that sort of thing. Worrying is no different. You can’t just turn off your worrying like you turn off a faucet. You need to substitute something else.
The Expert says that you need to substitute prayer. When you get an urge to worry, pray. When you think you need to worry, pray. Take the monkey off your back in every detail of your life and give it to God through prayer.
He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will respond instantly to the sound of your cries. Isaiah 30:19