When We’re Feeling a Bit Anxious: Praying through Philippians 4:4-6

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6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

     Dear heavenly Father, thank you for welcoming us in our weaknesses and worries, and for catching every care we cast in your direction. Should we “pray more and worry less”? Indeed, that’s not a cliché; it’s our freedom. You know my needs better than I do, but here are a few obvious to me:

Always, I need power to love others as Jesus loves me—rather than repaying criticism for criticism, indifference for indifference, or hurt for hurt. I need grace to accept my aging and aching body. I need peace about the political chaos in our nation. I need wisdom for decisions lining up in front of me. I need freedom from the accusing and condemning voice of the enemy. I need faith to trust you with the lives of people I love.

Thank you for what you’ve already done? That’s easy to do, Father. You’ve given Jesus to me and for me—who is my righteousness, holiness, and redemption and a whole lot more! I praise and bless you for the indescribable gift of the gospel.

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.

I gladly receive the promise and provision of your peace, Father. I don’t have to understand everything. I know your timing is Swiss and your faithfulness is great. Guard my fickle, wandering, impatient heart.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

     By faith, right now I set my mind, affections and gaze upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith; my merciful Savior and mighty Lord; the fountain of grace and ground of all hope. For Jesus is the most true and honorable, right and pure, lovely and admirable reality, in all of space and time. Hallelujah! So very Amen I pray, in his tender and triumphant name.

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