Sunday, August 18, 2019

Matthew 6:31, Philippians 4:6 NIV 2011

“So do not worry saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’”

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, presents your requests to God.

Jesus told those gathered not to worry. Luke 12:11, “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say.” Worry and anxiety focuses on self and is consistently counter-productive. Paul’s concerns were for the churches and the cause of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:28, “Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for the churches.” Leaving everything in the hands of the Father through prayer was essential. 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all you anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Prayer leads believers to trust God’s sovereignty.

Our pastor made this statement, “Anxiety is a joy killer. We need to replace anxiety with prayer.” Those words remained with me even though I don’t tend to be anxious about much. The first time I read 1 Peter 5:7 in my RSV it made an indelible impression on my life. Those words challenge us daily to unplug from devises and pray unceasingly as Jesus did so we can take life head on. Some pack their anxiety in a bag. Praying unloads our heavy bag by trusting Sovereign God.

What burdens need to be unloaded in prayer?

God is Sovereign,


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