Why Worry When We Can Pray (Philippians 4:6-7) – PART 1
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.
We are to worry about nothing, but pray about everything. Although this is not Scripture, it is Biblical principle. We are to pray about everything. Some people just say, “I'm not going to pray. I don't know how to pray; I don't know what to do about my situation.” The answer that God gives is pray about it anyway. Even if you don't know how to pray, even if you don't know whether you should pray about it or not, pray anyway (Romans 8:26).
One of the reasons that you should pray, even if you don't know how to word it, is that prayer brings fellowship with the Father. Even if you don’t know what to say or how to say it, God can take care of that, because He knows what is in your heart. Spending time in prayer gives us 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. You can spend time in prayer regardless of the circumstances, regardless of the nature of the request, and know the strength and the joy that comes from simply spending time in the presence of the Father.
When 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, God will automatically grant your request. What does it say? It says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. The word keep there is a word that means “to guard our hearts and minds.” Philippians 4:6 tells us the things that we can, and we should, pray about. The answer is anything that we worry about. Some of us are bigger worriers than others, but all of us worry over something. Whatever is troubling us we should be praying about. If you can worry about it, you can pray about it. If He chooses not to grant your desire, He will give you the peace that passeth understanding. Having the ability to pray to the LORD gives us freedom from anxiety and fear.
We don’t have to have big or fancy words to pray. We just need to take it straight to Him. When we take our worries to the Lord, we are telling Him who can do something about it. We don't know that He will do things the way we want them done, but we can have the assurance that He will do what's best for us and for the overall situation and that He will work all of that together for good in His own perfect time and way.
PRAYER: Lord, I humbly ask You to graciously grant me a fearless heart that boldly 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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