3 Crucial Keys Concerning Prayer (Philippians 4:6-7)
Philippians 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
1. We Can Pray About Everything
We are to worry about nothing, but pray about everything. There are some very real assets that are ours in prayer. We hear these following statements all the time. We have even made them ourselves. “I'm not going to pray. I don't know how to pray, I don't know what to do.” The answer that God gives is, “Pray about it anyway. Even if you don't know how to pray. Even if you don't feel like praying about it or not, pray anyway.”
2. Prayer Brings Fellowship With God
Another reason that you should pray, even if you don't know how to word it, is that it brings fellowship with the Father. If you are praying the wrong way, God can take care of that, because He knows what your heart is. We ought to spend time in prayer even if we are praying about things that may not have any immediate answer to them, and we know it as we pray. We ought to spend time in prayer because it’s an opportunity to be in fellowship with the Father. It is an opportunity to focus our thinking on Him, and to sense that bond between Himself and us that the Scripture abundantly tells us is there.
There is something about just being with that loved one, regardless of what you may be talking about. Even if you talk the whole time, there is something that transcends the talk, and that is true of prayer, too. Even if you don't know how to pray, even if you think God may say no to your prayer, spend time in prayer because of the fellowship with the Father. It reinforces our fellowship with God.
3. Prayer Brings Freedom From Fear
We have fellowship with the Father when we pray, but if we pray about everything, we have freedom from fear or worry. We have peace of mind and stability. That verse doesn't say that as you bring those things to God, He will automatically grant your request. It says, “The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The word keep there is a word that means “to guard our hearts and minds.”
In other words, what this verse tells us is that we can and we should pray about anything that we worry about. If you ever wonder just how broad is the spectrum of prayer, it is as broad as the spectrum of worry. Some of us are bigger worriers than others, but all of us worry about all kinds of things. It is interesting that the same people that say, “I have got to worry about things,” will say, “I can't pray about everything.” Listen, if you can worry about it, you can pray about it. Not only do we have in prayer that fellowship with the Father that means so much, but we also have freedom from fear. We have freedom from anxiety and the guarding of our hearts and minds as we pray about those things.
Prayer, Lord, I humbly ask You to graciously grant me a heart that desires to pray. Forgive me, I’ve just been struggling with fear and doubt that has troubled the peace I have from You. I commit myself to prayer and I am casting these things Your way right now. I’m choosing not to worry about them anymore because You will deal with them under the authority of Jesus’ name, Amen.
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