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From the Bible: Prayer Is My Little Antidote for Anxiety and Depression

Born and raised in a Catholic home, Reina is deeply passionate about sharing her faith with all people.

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The kingdom of God is not just an ethereal place. It may be difficult to see but it is real. Merriam-Webster defines it as the realm in which the will of God is fulfilled. All of creation belongs to the kingdom of God. To seek the kingdom of God is to know God's will in every situation of our lives.


Matthew 6:33 is one of the most popular verses in the Bible. For Catholics, it is a hymn that acclaims the Holy Gospel in the Liturgy of the Word during the Holy Mass. Other denominations also speak much about it in their evangelism ministries. The words do sound like music to the ears but their meaning calls for deep reflection.


  • New Revised Standard Version CE - But strive first for the kingdom of God[a] and his[b] righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
  • Good News Translation - Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.
  • The Message - If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.


Most English translations of the Bible use the word seek in this passage. I've picked out these three translations because they helped me to understand the true meaning of the gospel message. It is a call to action from our Lord Jesus Christ to have faith in God who is a loving father who provides for our needs.


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A Good Christian Advice

Our Lord Jesus Christ had just finished teaching the people how to pray when he spoke these words. It is part of a series of discourses about his proclamation of the kingdom of God in the sermon on the mount. It is a good piece of advice for overcoming anxiety.

In this passage, the Lord urges us to fix our attention on what matters most. It is our relationship with God. We are more valuable than all the birds in the air and the grass in the field. God is our Father in heaven and he knows what we need even before we ask him (Matthew 6:8).

Anxiety is a terrible condition. It steals away the restful sleep we need. Our health declines and we become vulnerable to other sicknesses and diseases. Unfortunately, the world offers us plenty of situations to be anxious about. The current global health crisis is just one of them.

Too much stress leads to anxiety. It can ruin our lives. But, if we listen to this Christian advice, we can indeed relax knowing that we have a loving Father in heaven to take care of our needs.


New Direction

I'm not talking about the popular boy band. Our Lord Jesus Christ is giving us a better perspective on life with this bible passage. It is a call to take on a new direction in life. As the Catholic bishops exhort in the Catechism, we can only find happiness in life through our faith in God. This passage is an invitation to that journey of faith.

The Desire For God

The desire for God is written in the human heart because man is created by God and for God, and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for:

— Catechism of the Catholic Church | CCC 27

Vatican II further explains that man is called to communion with God. That is his dignity and the reason for his existence. God created man through love and continues to hold him in existence through love. Our anxieties in life only reflect our longing for God. To seek first the kingdom of God is to accept God's invitation to the journey of faith. Believe in God. That is the best advice one can get for overcoming anxiety.

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© 2021 Reina Mendoza

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