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Bathing Our Anxious Hearts in Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

Tell God what you need,

     Heavenly Father, thank you for welcoming us in our anxious hearts and legitimate concerns. “Pray more and worry less,” isn’t a formula; it’s our freedom. You know our needs better than we do, but here’s a few current things.

By the power of your Spirit, we want to be more worshipful than worried; more settled by your sovereignty than vexed by this virus; more praise-full than paranoid about the next cough or sneeze.

We pray for health-care workers, research scientists, and those most vulnerable to the coronavirus. We pray churches will actually thrive during this social-distancing season; that the Gospel will become precious to those suddenly alive to their mortality; and for single moms, caring for kids and carrying the weight of financial burdens. (Pause, and add to this list)

6b and thank him for all he has done.

Thank you for what you’ve already done? That’s easy Father. You’ve given Jesus to us and for us. He is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption—our active Advocate and ruling King… and a whole lot more.

7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Supersize our experience of your peace, Father. We don’t have to understand everything. Your timing is better than Swiss, and your faithfulness is greater than we realize. As we savor our life in Christ Jesus, guard our fickle, wandering, impatient hearts.

     Indeed, on this March 19th, we set our mind, affections and gaze upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, our merciful Savior and mighty Lord, the fountain of grace and ground of all hope. So very Amen we pray, in his tender and triumphant name.

 

 

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