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Don’t worry, pray

Philippians 4:6  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Central to Paul’s thoughts on prayer given to the Philippians is the aspect of thanksgiving and praise.  Want to be free from your burdens?  Rejoice in the Lord!  Are you bringing your requests to God?  Do it while giving thanks for what He’s already done!

Pray knowing that God hears the cries of His people.  Bring all things to Him, cast them all before Him.  Know that God is faithful and just.  Trust, knowing what He has already been faithful in, that He will continue to provide your every need and hear the desires of your heart.  Give Him thanks!

Echo the thoughts of Paul:  Rejoice in the Lord always!  This attitude in prayer will lead to peace, no matter what burdens you carry.  The Lord is good and He will lighten your load.

———-  What’s your biggest worry?  Cast it before God and have the faith to let it go.

Do This! Don’t Do That!

Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Living in the world, with all it’s troubles, it’s a big task not to worry. It can seem like an impossible one at best. I read this scripture and I just want to experience this so badly, but yet I fail at it constantly. I just want to make myself stop worrying but I can’t. So what’s the solution?

Paul tells us that we shouldn’t worry about anything. Anything? Really? What about my looming mortgage payment, yet I want to tithe above and beyond? What about the fact that I’m working a full time job and doing ministry full time? Not even a little worry?

My wife and I recently started trying to eat healthier. We wanted to cut out processed foods and a lot of the junk that we’ve been eating. Does this mean that we quit eating all together? Of course not! We just replaced what we were eating with natural and healthy choices. This is what Paul is saying in verse 6. We could reword this verse to say substitute worry with prayer.

If you’re like me, I’m a habitual worrier. Like with any habit that we’re trying to break, it takes effort, but our goal is to replace the habit of worrying with the habit of prayer. I use to be a candy fiend but I slowly replaced it with fresh fruit. My wife and I buy so much fruit now it takes up half of our refrigerator! What this translates to is I should have the best prayer life of anyone I know!

The results of our change in diet is that we feel better, we’ve lost weight, and we don’t focus on eating so much. The results of changing out worry for prayer are far greater. When we focus on God and all He has done in our lives and we open up to Him with our most sincere needs of our heart, we then get to experience the peace that can come only from Him.

Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, gave himself as an atonement so that you and I could have a relationship with our Father in Heaven. Prayer is a privilege and it’s not something we should take for granted. Along with His word and His church, it’s His invitation to a love relationship with Him. Not because He needs us, but because He wants us. He wants your heart filled with His everlasting peace, not the temporary worries of this world.

Seek First God’s Kingdom

The Commands of Jesus Series

Matthew 6:33  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously,and He will give you everything you need.

There is no shortage of things to worry about in this world but for those of us that are Christ followers there is a major concern that we need to be interested in. It isn’t the typical worry of the average citizen of our planet, it’s not about the clothes that we “need” to have or the restaurant that we need to be seen at, it is a far greater concern that is supposed to be on the mind of the Christ follower.

The concern that should occupy our minds should be for the kingdom, Jesus told us that the most important thing in life is to seek first:

  1. The Kingdom of God- I need to seek to be in the kingdom and then I need to tell others how they can be in it as well.
  2. To be righteous- To become interested in His approval, to live according to God’s will

We ought to sacrifice everything else, making the other stuff that this world is concerned with of no importance so that we can work for the advancement of the kingdom, which is of greater value than all the world’s riches. God said that he would supplying every other need that we have. (Philippians 4:19)

We were transferred into a different kingdom when we were saved, I need to be concerned with the Kingdom of God and allow him to rule over my life, the ruler of the kingdom of darkness should have no say over the way that I live and I should not allow him to weigh me down. (Colossians 1:13, Hebrews 12:1)

Lord Jesus, help me to be concerned with the things that concern you and to let the rest of the stuff become insignificant.

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