Don't Worry, Pray

J. D. Conley
March 10, 2013

Paul wrote to the anxious Philippians exhorting them, "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"  (Phi.4:6-7).

Would you like to be worry free? Who wouldn't! Know there is peace made available to every Christian i.e., (those in Christ Jesus, v. 7). If you are not a Christian you are not in Him and this peace will be forever elusive. One gets into Christ at the point of baptism into Him, (cf. Gal.3:27). But once that all important step has been taken, this peace can be yours at all times. It is a peace Paul says is beyond human understanding, whether the prayer is answered "yes" or "no."

Notice also that this boundless peace hinges on boundless and grateful prayer. This peace comes our way only when we show God our sincere gratitude for all He has done for us. James tells us that this peace is barred from our lives when we are stingy and selfish. Our requests sometimes forms barriers, "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures" (Jas.4:3). Also recognize that our prayers need not be selective in the cares we want rid of, Peter said, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1Pet.5:7). Let us not be miserly in giving God our every worry. He does not want some of our troubles, He wants them all. When we request let us never be unthankful. Let us make sure we are "in Christ Jesus." Only then will we be equipped to pray and not worry!