Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, "Nebuchadnezzar, we don't need to give you an answer to this question.
"This is why I tell you: Don't worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the sky: they don't sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth more than they?
Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying?
And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don't labor or spin thread.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!
If that's how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won't He do much more for you-- you of little faith?
So don't worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?'
For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
But when they hand you over, don't worry about how or what you should speak. For you will be given what to say at that hour,
Now the one sown among the thorns-- this is one who hears the word, but the worries of this age and the seduction of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
The Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things,
Don't keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don't be anxious.
Were you called while a slave? It should not be a concern to you. But if you can become free, by all means take the opportunity.
I want you to be without concerns. An unmarried man is concerned about the things of the Lord-- how he may please the Lord.
casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.
Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; he divided the people with him into two camps, along with the flocks, cattle, and camels.
He thought, "If Esau comes to one camp and attacks it, the remaining one can escape."
Then Jacob said, "God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the LORD who said to me, 'Go back to your land and to your family, and I will cause you to prosper,'
I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness You have shown Your servant. Indeed, I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two camps.
Please rescue me from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid of him; otherwise, he may come and attack me, the mothers, and their children.
You have said, 'I will cause you to prosper, and I will make your offspring like the sand of the sea, which cannot be counted.'"
"No, my lord," Hannah replied. "I am a woman with a broken heart. I haven't had any wine or beer; I've been pouring out my heart before the LORD.
David was in a difficult position because the troops talked about stoning him, for they were all very bitter over [the loss of] their sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.
King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz prayed about this and cried out to heaven,
When he was in distress, he sought the favor of the LORD his God and earnestly humbled himself before the God of his ancestors.
He prayed to Him, so He heard his petition and granted his request, and brought him back to Jerusalem, to his kingdom. So Manasseh came to know that the LORD is God.
Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard [him] and saved him from all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.
Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise.
I complain and groan morning, noon, and night, and He hears my voice.
Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will support you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is our refuge. Selah
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.
Commit your activities to the LORD and your plans will be achieved.
Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and wondrous things you do not know.
"Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not become discouraged:
Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay [to help] them?
Then He said to His disciples: "Therefore I tell you, don't worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear.
With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.
Give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be clear-headed and disciplined for prayer.
But you, dear friends, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.
Afterwards, Samuel took a stone and set it upright between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, explaining, "The LORD has helped us to this point."
And you can join in helping with prayer for us, so that thanks may be given by many on our behalf for the gift that came to us through [the prayers of] many.
giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.
My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
Don't be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him.