Monday, April 7, 2014

Be Prayerful

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Philippians 4:6 (NASB)

Throughout our day, many things strive to produce anxiety in us but God counsels us in His Word not be to anxious for anything, absolutely NOTHING.  God knows that anxiety is fear and if we fear we are not made perfect in love (1 John 4:18).

First, let us begin by identifying any anxiety symptoms in our lives?

Do you second guess your decisions?
Are you constantly replaying events that already happened?
Do you make up potential scenarios of what might happen if you do/say so or so?

Some of the time, fear occurs solely in the mind, but it can have physical symptoms.

Do you feel your stomach in knots at the thought of x, y, and z?
Does your heart beat a bit faster at the thought of confrontation?
Do you sense the heat turned up when you encounter John Doe?

Whether it is mental or physical or both, God wants us to fear nothing but in everything make it known to Him in prayer.  

Let us look at His instructions:

1.  Pray-talk to God
Talk to Him about the situation whatever it is and get to the root of the fear.  Maybe it is a fear of rejection or failure?  Expect to hear from Him as He ministers you, revealing the roots and filling you with His love and peace.

2. Supplication-ask God
The Bible tells us if we lack wisdom ask God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to us (James 1:5).  The Bible also guides us to ask others for counsel (Proverbs 15:22).  Ak God to give you wisdom and lead you to those counselors.

3.  Thanksgiving-thank God
Remember that fear wants us to look at it and not at God.  So let us keep our focus on God giving Him our wholehearted worship and praise for Who He is and what He has already done.  

Jesus is the Prince of Peace.  We must remember to draw near to Him constantly in prayer pouring our hearts out to Him, knowing that His perfect love drives out fear.  When we sense anxiety trying to creep its way into our thoughts, let us be quick to turn to Jesus in prayer.  Look at the result of praying instead of worrying.  

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 (emphasis mine)

When we pray, His peace is guarding our hearts and minds!

Can we change ourselves?
No, but He can!

Can we change others?
No, but He can!

Can we control situations?
No, but He does!

So let us not wallow in worry but rather be persistent in prayer.