Thursday, May 11, 2023

Pray About Everything

 



Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:4-7 (NKJV)


Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say rejoice!


Each of us has something over which we can rejoice.

* Did you sleep well?

* Is the sun shining?

* Did you have a good breakfast?

* Is your house warm?

* Are your children/grandchildren safe from harm?


Let your gentleness be known to all men.


Gentleness is one of the fruit of the Spirit. When we can react to a circumstance gently, we show others that we belong to the Lord. Jesus was gentle when He spoke to the woman caught in adultery. He also spoke gently when he spoke to Mary and her sister Martha when their brother Lazarus had died.


The Lord is at hand.


God is near to each of His children. When we face harsh circumstances, all we have to do is ask Him to guide us through the problem. We can do this non-verbally, just by asking Him with our thoughts or through our hearts.


Be anxious for nothing,


Anxiety sometimes causes circumstances to appear more serious than they actually are.

Anxiety can also lead to serious health issues. A counselor once told me that, as humans, we sometimes have a tendency to own circumstances that are not ours. As Christians we have to decide whether the issue at hand actually belongs to us.


but in everything by prayer and supplication,

Paul tells us that we must pray about everything.


* Pray about your friends and their family circumstances.

* Pray about the issues of our nation and the nations of our world.

* Pray about your finances.

* Pray about your relationships.

* Pray about your neighborhood.

with thanksgiving,

We must thank Him for all we have, for the people in our lives. We should thank Him for the merchants in our towns and cities and those who work for them.


let your requests be made known to God;


We must remember to make those requests to God first. Sometimes, we must ask others to pray for unspoken requests. On social media, I have seen requests for prayer that said, “God knows why.”

and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding,


The peace of God is what we desire in dire situations. It is that peace that carries us through those tough times,

*When we initially deal with the loss of a loved one.

*When we go through personal illness. When we go through times of uneasiness, personal or national.


Some people go through times each day where they need the peace of God to get them through.


will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


Jesus guards the hearts and minds of each of us. He stands at the door of our hearts and reminds us of His love for us and that He can stave off the attacks of the enemy that might cause us to doubt ourselves or allow us to become unduly upset over something that would cause harm to us, His children.

8 comments:

  1. Yes, pray without ceasing. That is pretty much my theme and thought process throughout the day...don't fret, just pray. Seems like there is ALWAYS something to pray about these days! And also count your blessings. We are so very blessed and I am very thankful to God for all He has done for us. I do not take that for granted, because things can change in a moment. Have a blessed and wonderful weekend. Thank you for this post!!!

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    1. Pam: We have times when ALL we can do is pray. I find myself praying for some people at different times throughout the day. We are to be thankful to God for all He has given us. Happy Mother's Day. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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  2. One of my favorite scriptures, Cecelia. May we rejoice always and pray continuously.
    Blessings!

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    1. Martha Jane: This is a scripture that a lot of my friends live by.
      Thank you for your thought. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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  3. I love your post!

    It's a great reminder to always find something to be thankful for and to approach every situation with gentleness. And of course, to always pray and make our requests known to God. The peace of God is truly invaluable and it's amazing how it surpasses all understanding. It's comforting to know that Jesus is always guarding our hearts and minds. Thank you for sharing this uplifting message!

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    1. Aritha: We should always be thankful for what God has given us and what He has done for us. Happy Mother's Day! Peace and blessings.

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  4. 'Anxiety can also lead to serious health issues', this is so true Cecelia. If we would only grasp that, we would stop worrying about everything! Great post, thank you.

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  5. Marja: Thank you for your thoughtful comment. In my past, I have let anxiety enter my thoughts. As a child, my mother told me I would make myself sick. And as an adult, a dear Christian friend told me the same thing. I finally learned they were right. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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