This summer we are thinking on Philippians 4:6-7 where the Apostle Paul urges us from prison on how to deal with worry. The first week we took inventory with the things in our lives which add to our stress that shouldn’t be there in the first place. Last week we looked at replacing our worry with prayer. Through this proactive process, I personally realized that I really do worry a lot! But with the enabling of the Holy Spirit, I find that it has been freeing as I stop and pray when the worry or anxiety hits. So, how are you doing in this area? Remember, we need each other for encouragement and accountability. So pick up the phone and ring your friend and pray together, or get together for a cuppa. Or if you know of someone who needs encouragement, drop a one liner on email or write a card. But most of all, let’s pray for one another. We don’t have the resources NOT to pray.
Today, we continue the phrase in Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”(NLT) The NIV says it like this: “…by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Why do you think Paul puts that in? You know, being thankful gets our heads and hearts in the right place. It gets the focus off of ourselves and onto God; his love for us and our salvation through Jesus, his care and plan for us. Also it guards us against self pity. Give thanks with a grateful heart. There are so many verses throughout the God’s Word which urge us to be thankful in prayer. Here are a two:
As I sign off for today I want you to know that “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.” May you be blessed and reminded of God’s love and blessings in your life as you CAST your anxiety on the Lord as you PRAY about everything, WITH THANKSGIVING!