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Read the Bible to Your Anxiety

If the Bible’s arguments are not having an effect on you, it’s because you have little faith in what it says. Faith is massively important here. We must trust. We must believe what Jesus says.

6. Pray for faith and meditate on his truth.

Therefore, pray for faith in the truth—in the passage’s main point with all of its supporting points—and meditate on that truth, because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ (Romans 10:17).

Father, grant us wisdom with regard to method. We want to handle your word rightly, think about how to read it rightly, and we want to be free from anxiety to honor our heavenly Father, who knows us and all of our needs, and who will meet them according to your promise. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Look at the Book is a new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of eight- to 12-minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. You will hear John Piper’s voice and watch his pen underline, circle, make connections and scribble notes—all to help you learn to read God’s word for yourself. His goal is to help you not only see what he sees, but where he sees it and how he found it.

In this three-part series through Matthew 6.24–34″ data-version=”esv” data-purpose=”bible-reference”>Matthew 6:24–34, John studies these 11 verses with two purposes: 1. learn how to fight anxiety with God’s word and 2. uncover important principles for personal Bible reading.

Part 1: Nine Arguments Against Anxiety

This three-part series of labs takes on anxiety by studying Matthew 6.24–27″ data-version=”esv” data-purpose=”bible-reference”>Matthew 6:24–27. If the Bible is going to effectively speak to our anxious hearts, we need to learn how to read it well. In this lab, John Piper lays out the arguments and gives three short lessons for our daily Bible reading.

Part 2: Do Not Be Anxious About Tomorrow

When you think about the future, what makes you most anxious? Jesus gives us plenty of reasons not to fear. In Part 1 of this series, John Piper identified nine arguments against our anxieties. In this lab, he slows down over the first five to highlight how they each help us.

Part 3: Your Father Knows What You Need

God wants to comfort and stabilize the anxious with truth. What truths calm our fears? In Part 1, John Piper identified nine arguments against our anxieties. In Part 2, he covered the first five. In this lab, he covers the last four, and highlights six lessons for Bible reading.