Do Not Be Anxious – Word of God Speak Linkup
Today is the second week of prayer scriptures. This week I am looking at my favourite one and the first one I memorized. Philippians 4:6-7. Do not be anxious. That says it all. How can we not worry? How can we not be afraid in this world we are inhabiting? Read on.
S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).
Check here for other versions. BibleGateway.
I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?
I memorized this one many years ago. But this week God led me to someone singing it to help us memorize it. Check it out on Youtube. If you haven’t memorized it yet this certainly will help.
Anxiety and prayer are two opposing forces in the Christian experience.
Prayer is the antidote for worry. The best worriers become the best pray-ers. (tweet this)
Peace – an inner peace can be found by letting it all be given to Jesus.
I love this song, I’m Trading my Sorrows. It sings: Prayer is a powerful weapon. Strongholds come tumbling down.
Here are some scriptures to check out:
Matthew 6:25-34 – the Father looks after us
Ephesians 6:18 – Pray in the spirit for all things; keep on praying
1 Timothy 2:1 – make requests for everyone
Isaiah 26:3 – Trust in God and keep at peace
John 14:27 – Jesus left us His peace. Do not let your hearts be troubled
Ephesians 3:19 – Be filled up with God
M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.
I made this the first scripture to memorize because I was filled with fear and worry. This helped to take away the fear. I kept repeating this passage over and over until it became part of me.
In everything – love those words. It reminds be of the widow woman who gave “everything”.
It doesn’t say – sometimes, or often, or once in a while, or when I think I need Him.
But in everything I do – always, that means in all ways.
Prayer, Petition and Giving Thanks.
That reminds me of one of the ways we can pray using A.C.T.S.
P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.
L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).
A few weeks ago I held a contest for a book called Peace for a Lifetime by Lisa Murray. If you are struggling with finding peace in this world this book is for you.
I have always found that taking a deep breath is the first thing I need to do when things are turned upside down. Breathe in deeply. Tell God that You know He is there with you and will remain with you through this trial. God will be there no matter what. He says: I am yours.
Pray for inspiration.
I always wonder how I found this peace that I have now. It is all God. It is all because of Jesus and what He has done for me.
For those struggling, I know it doesn’t seem possible but God can and will pull you through. Let Him wrap you up in His arms. Allow God to give you His love. Allow God to fill you with peace.
In Genesis 2:7 we hear that God breathed life into Adam and he became a living being. Jesus can do the same for us. Let Him breathe life back into you.
Jesus came to save us from worry and fear. Let Him help you. Let Him help you to say: Do not be anxious.
E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.
Father, thank You for Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding as Jesus guards and protects our hearts and minds from the cares of this world. Help us to remember that prayer can combat worry. Let us breathe in the Holy Spirit and exhale all strife. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Then starting April 11, I will be joining in with 17 New Testament Books in 17 Weeks. Join me by clicking here. I am excited to see what others are saying on these books as I study each passage using the S.I.M.P.L.E. Method of Bible Study.
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