Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
With all the anxiety and worry and depression and anger going on in our world and in our own lives, we have to find the path to the calm and peace that God desires for us. You can change jobs, but that won’t fix the problem. You can change spouses, but that won’t fix the problem. You can medicate yourself with weed or alcohol or other drugs, but that won’t fix the problem. In most cases, these actions only make the situation worse. Everyone experiences fear, anxiety, and worry but it’s what you do about them that count.
Our text this month encourages us not to worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. In fact, the most often repeated phrase in the Bible is “Don’t be afraid.” He kept telling the Old Testament saints as they faced challenges and captivity and enemies “Don’t be afraid”.
So pray about everything, cast all…that’s pretty constant praying! Praying is communicating with God, talking to Him and listening for His answers because we trust He hears us -Ps. 116:1,2 “I love the Lord because He hears my voice. Because He bends down to listen I will pray as long as I have breath.”
If we are thankful for whatever place we find ourselves in and the things we’ve already been given, it means our focus is on God and our faith is in Him and what He’s doing in our lives. Anxiety is removed as we habitually come to God with all our requests, especially the small ones. For as we see God working and answering us in the small issues we are given greater confidence to trust that He will also answer when it comes to the big issues as well. We need to develop the habit of running to God always, not just running to God with our big problems and as we see God constantly working, we will stop being anxious.
Prayer, petition and thanksgiving, bringing them together when you are anxious; when you do that presenting the requests which cause you to be anxious, you will find yourself in a place which is the opposite of a life of anxiety and that place opposite to the place of anxiety is the place of peace.
This month as we embark on our 21 days fasting and prayer, we shall combine it with praise of thanksgiving and I assure you that the Lord our God who is the Almighty and the rewarder of those that diligently seek Him will surely grant you your heart desire according to His promise in Jesus mighty name.