Life sometimes grabs us and hits us right between the eyes, beats us down, stretches us beyond what we think that we can bear. Sometimes it is mild worry, sometimes extreme. Sometimes we have situations that bring us much sadness, and at other times much joy. This things that we call life can be somewhat of a roller-coaster ride. At all times and in all circumstances, the Bible instructs us to not be anxious about anything. That sounds easier said than done. What are we to do when fear hits us, when worry hits us, or when sadness hits us?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6
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In every situation, we should present our requests to God, by prayer and petition. That is pretty easy to understand, and even to do for most. But the other part of the matter that is more difficult is the part that says to do so with thanksgiving. This can be very difficult to do when we are in the middle of the situation and our physical and emotional pain is high.
How can we do this when in the flesh is pain, worry, sorrow? The only way is by faith and having confidence that God will work all things for our good, regardless in what we see happening. Again, easier said than done in times of heavy heart. But this is why it is so important to continually seek the Lord and work to build up our faith daily. Then when we need it most, our faith is strong. (I would suggest that we always need it, but that is another topic).
Consider this: Faith results from daily obedience, and increased obedience results from increased faith.
So let us offer requests to God by prayer and petition with thanksgiving. My prayer for you is that this Word from God meets you right where you are. And I hope that you are encouraged knowing that God loves you and that He is always with us no matter what we have done in the past or what we are going through. And I pray that you find peace and strength and hope knowing that our Lord longs for us to know Him and to be reunited with Him when our short time here on earth is done.
And while we are still here, let us walk in His Spirit and by His power and might, by the grace of God, according to his riches in Glory through Christ our Lord.
I call you blessed!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. We come to you with heavy hearts and with prayer and petitions of our hearts. You know our worries. You know our sorrows. You know our fears. You know our pain. Come to us and fill us with your goodness so that there is not room for anything else in our lives. Free us from the hand of the enemy, and let your Holy Spirit shine bright in us. We thank you for healing, restoration, and wellness, of our bodies and of our minds, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 13,14; Philippians 4
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
- “Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” – Isaiah 30:18
- “and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” – Ecclesiastes 12:7
- “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” – Galatians 5:16-18
- “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
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