Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
In this final chapter of Philippians Paul reminds us of what it is to live the Christian life. With Christ at the centre, we can stand fast and rejoice in Him. We can know what it is to be content through Him who gives us strength, no matter what the circumstances. God supplies all our needs. As a believer in God, we are not only to think worthy thoughts but also put these in to practice as we do worthy deeds.
I am aware of my struggle with the distraction of worry and know this is not the purpose God has for me.
I love this passage because I am not only being told what NOT to do -worry, but also what TO DO – PRAY!!
I know I can care and be genuinely concerned, but that to worry is another issue. I am so aware that when I worry I react to others in a manner that says, I am not trusting in God.
Craig Groeschel speaks of worry as a sin. Romans 14:23 says, “Everything that does not come from faith is sin.” Worry is the opposite of faith; therefore, it’s sin. If I start to worry am I then saying I distrust the promises and power of God.
When I live by faith, I believe that God has everything under control.
Worry is a signal alerting me it’s time to pray!
Lord God, I know that worry does not come from you. I thank you for all that you have done and are doing in my life. You have given me the promise of your peace that will guard my heart and mind as I live in you.
By your power alone I ask you to remove the tool the devil uses to distract me from my one true purpose here. I give it all to you that I may stop worrying and take advantage of what You are offering me.
Lord, I will do only what I can in concern & care and then trust You to do what I cannot do.
Lord by your grace, cover me in your peace.