40 Days of Joy - Pray Instead of Worry - Day 29

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

 Last week, we looked at the joy that is found in healthy relationships. This week, we are going to look at the joy that comes when we pray with thanksgiving.

Begin your time with God in prayer:

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart: 

Philippians 4:6-7 - 6 Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus. 

What are we instructed not to do in verse 6?

Instead of worrying, what are we to do (vs. 6)?

What happens as we turn our worries over to God (vs. 7)?

Philippians 4:6 begins by telling us not to worry. Easy to say, not so easy to do unless we have something to replace our worry with. Notice that little word but. It is a little word that introduces a contrast. It points us to what we are to do instead of worrying. When we find ourselves worried or anxious, we are to pray – to let our requests be made known to God. My husband loves to hike. Last Sunday, in all the torrents of rain, he took off for the Etiwanda waterfall, alone. After a while, I realized that I was worrying, so I literally prayed, “God, Your Word says that I am not to be anxious but to pray, so God I pray that…” In that prayer, I was able to turn control of the situation over to God.

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • Make a list of the things that you are anxious about.

  • Which of those worries will your worrying make better?

  • We worry because there are many situations in our lives that are out of our control. That’s why peace comes when we turn our worries over to God and let Him be in control.

  • Spend a few minutes turning those worries over to God by praying.

Father, Your Word says that we are not to be anxious or worried. Forgive me for all of the times that I have worried and not turned my cares over to You. Show me each time I am worrying. Help me to pray so that I may have peace and joy in any situation. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

Matthew 6:31-33 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’  For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 

Mark 6:46 - And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.

Mark 13:11 - When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.

Acts 27:29 - And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come.

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