Don’t worry, pray instead
March 29th, 2020

The sermon begins around 32 minutes in the video.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7 is one of the best places in the Bible to turn to when you find yourself worrying.

There’s nothing wrong with taking the precautions that you’re able to take. But it’s not out of fear and anxiety.

One of the main differences between being prudent and being anxious, is that since prudence is acting with care and thought for the future, it necessarily concerns things that we can do something about.

Children don’t worry as much, because they are provided for. Their parents provide what they need—food, clothing, shelter, love. As children of God we really don’t have to worry.

25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

the primary service that we can do for our society and our world, regardless of who we are, where we are, and whatever other things we can do is to pray. As Christians we are supposed to “pray without ceasing”, and to “devote ourselves to prayer”.

With supplication

So supplication means asking one who is greater than you—like asking a king to do something about your problem.

This is practical faith—Faith in Action. This is humbling yourself before God

Tell God your needs. No need is too great for God. God is bigger than any need. At the same time No need is too small for God. God is concerned about the small things like the birds of the air, if his eye is on the sparrow, you know he cares for you.

with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Prayer with thanksgiving is a powerful thing. In 1 Thess 5:16-18, Paul urged the Thessalonians to “rejoice continually, pray unceasingly, and give thanks in all circumstances.” These three things go together.

God already knows what you need. He wants you to learn to ask Him because it’s an opportunity to build your faith.

Keep on letting our requests be made known to God. Persevere in prayer.

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension

If we will do this, then we will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.

We can have peace in circumstances we have no earthly business having peace in.

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God’s peace is a guard on our heart, that it does not fail us from fear.

God’s peace is a guard on our mind, that we do not worry ourselves to death.

His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as we trust in Christ.

This peace was a great gift from Jesus who said in John 14:27

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.