Present Your Requests To God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 117 – Philippians 4:6-7 – Present Your Requests To God- Growing As Disciples

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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)

Present My Requests

That is what I will do from now on. What will you do from now on? I will present all my requests to you. That is a good plan. What has caused you to come to this decision? For too long and far too often, I have carried all my own worries. I have been weighed down by worry and filled up with anxiety. Why have you carried all your own worries? Why have you not asked for my help? I’m not completely sure why I have carried my own worries. Take a guess. I would guess that I have an independent and proud streak within me. Is that a guess? No, not really. Anyhow, I have thought to myself that I can handle all my own problems and difficulties. I have said to myself, “I shouldn’t need to ask for anyone’s help”. Has that included me? Yes, unfortunately. Is that your sole answer for your not asking for my help? I’m sure it’s not. What else?  Sometimes life has become so harried and frantic that I have forgotten to ask you for your help. There must be more. Don’t hold anything back from me. Well, sometimes I have wondered if you would hear and answer my prayer. That sounds terrible. That is something I hate to admit. If I have had a lack of faith in you that is something that I will not continue to let exist in me. That’s good. What will you do? I will begin to turn every worry of mine into a prayer to you. Not only will I pray to you, but I will pray prayers filled with faith and thanksgiving. Why is that? I know that you will hear me. I know that you will help me. I know that you love and care for me. I am your child. Yes, you are. Yes, I will hear you. Yes, I will help you. I do love and care for you. 

What will happen to you as you turn all your worries into prayers to me? I will carry my worries no longer. I will give them to you. I will let you carry my worries for me. That will be very good. What else? Then you will fill me with your peace. Your peace will guard my heart and mind and life. Your peace will cover me. Your peace will protect me. Your peace will be before, behind me and all around me. Your peace will completely surround me in ways that I will never be able to fully comprehend. Yes, it will. Keep on turning all your worries into prayers to me. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, far too often I have carried my worries by myself. I have held on to them and been filled with anxiety. No longer will I carry my worries. I will turn every worry into a thanksgiving filled prayer to you. I know you will give me your peace as I fully trust you. Amen

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Present Your Requests To God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Philippians 4:6-7 – Present Your Requests To God – Growing As Disciples

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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)

My Peace

Do you want to live in my peace? Do you want your life to be filled with peace that is far beyond your understanding? I’d like that quite a bit. Why do you say that? My life has not been filled with peace, far from it. Why is that? I have been a worrier. My life has been filled with anxiety. I have made a gigantic mistake. What’s that? I have held on to my own difficulties and troubles and trials. I have carried my own burdens. I have tried to solve my own problems. I have not asked you for help. I have not relied on you. I have not presented my requests to you. That’s not good. No, it’s not.

Do you believe that I will hear and answer your prayers? Do you believe that there is no request that is too small or too big for me to hear? Do you believe that it is my joy to have you come to rely on me for my help? Yes, I believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. Yes, I believe that no prayer of mine is too small or too big for you to hear. Yes, I believe that you have joy in my coming to rely on you. That’s good. Then why don’t you pray? Then why don’t you come to rely on me? Then why don’t you turn all your anxieties and worries into prayers to me? I have been proud. I have been stubborn. I have been independent. I have been self-reliant and self-sufficient. That has not worked out well for you. No, it hasn’t. All my pride and stubbornness and independence and self-reliance and self-sufficiency has filled my life with anxiety and worry. That’s not good. No, it’s not.

Is there something that you would like to do differently? I’m tired of being filled with anxiety and worry. I am worn out from carrying my own burdens. I want to turn all my worries and anxieties into prayers to you. I will set my burdens down. I will give you all my worries and anxieties and burdens. I will turn each one of them into a prayer to you. I will come to rely on you. With a thankful heart I will present all my requests to you. That will be very good. Then I will guard your heart and mind. Then you will live in my peace. That’s what I want. That is what you will have from me. 

Lord, as you know, I have been a gifted worrier. I have held on to my anxiety. I have failed to turn all my worries into prayers to you. No more. I will present all my prayer requests to you. Thank you, that as I pray, you will guard my heart and mind in Christ. Amen 

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Present Your Requests To God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Discipleship – Philippians 4:6-7- Present Your Requests To God – Growing As Disciples

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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)

Weighed Down

What are you doing? What does it look like I am doing? It looks like you’re doing nothing. You look like you are frozen in place. You look like you are sitting there paralyzed with anxiety and worry. You look like you are carrying a very heavy burden. You look like you are weighed down by anxiety and worry. I can’t hide anything from you. No, you cannot. Do you like to be filled with anxiety and worry? No, I do not. What kind of question is that? Who would ever say that they like to be filled with anxiety and worry? Well, one could wonder about you. Why is that? You have almost made anxiety and worry a hobby in your life. You worry about anything and everything. Much of what you worry about doesn’t have the remotest chance of ever happening. You seem to imagine the worst and then begin to worry about that. Yes, I do. That’s not good. Yes, I know.

Would you like to be free of anxiety and worry? Yes, I would. Really? Yes, really. If you want to be free from anxiety and worry you must do two things. You have my full and complete attention. I want to know what two things I must do to be free from anxiety and worry. Are you sure? Yes, I am sure. First, you must relinquish control of your life over to me. You are not in charge. You do not control your destiny. You do not know the future. Will you trust me? Will you place your faith in me? Yes, I will trust you. Yes, I will place my faith in you. You say that now. Your commitment to trust me and place your faith in me will be tested every time you start to feel anxiety and begin to worry. In fact, anxiety and worry will be a sign that you are once again beginning to trust and rely on yourself. Do you understand? Yes, I understand.

What is the second thing that I must do if I want to be free from anxiety and worry? After you have placed your trust and faith in me, you must turn each one of your anxieties and worries into prayers to me. I want you to let go of your anxiety and worry by turning them into prayers to me. Do you believe that I will hear and answer your prayers? Yes, I do. Will you turn all your anxieties and worries into prayers to me? Yes, I will. That will be very good. My peace will come into your life as you turn all your anxieties and worries into prayers to me. That is what I want. That is what you will have as you present your prayer requests to me.

Heavenly Father, I have allowed my heart and mind and life to become filled with anxiety and worry. I have not turned my anxiety and worry into prayers to you. No longer will I carry anxiety and worry. Fill me with Christ’s peace as I present my requests to you. Amen

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Guard Your Hearts

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Heart – Philippians 4:6-7 – Guard Your Hearts – Growing As Disciples

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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)

On Guard 

Are you on guard? Am I on guard over what? Are you on guard over your heart? What does that mean? How can I guard my heart? What do I need to be on guard against? Can something attack my heart? What might put my heart in danger? Those are very good questions. I think it would be very helpful for you to answer your own questions. I know that you have a good idea of what will endanger your heart. I would like to hear your answers. You talk, I will listen.

It seems to me that my heart is under constant attack from the world. The world is a noisy chaotic place. It shouts for my ear and demands my attention. Life in this world is filled with worries of every shape and size. There are financial worries. There are physical worries. There are emotional worries. It would be easy to allow my life to become paralyzed by worry. Have you ever let your heart become paralyzed by worry? You know the answer to that question. I have frequently let my heart and mind and life become paralyzed by worry. How will you guard your heart against worry? That seems like an odd question to me. Why is that? Aren’t you the one who will guard my heart? Aren’t you the one who will fill my heart and mind and life with your peace? Won’t your peace guard my heart? Yes, my peace will guard your heart under certain circumstances. Under what circumstances will your peace guard my heart and mind and life? That again, is a question you can answer. If you want my peace to guard your heart and mind and life you must answer that question with both your words and actions. I get it. I must turn all my worries into prayers to you. I must come to rely on you. I must ask for your help. I must present all my requests to you. I must believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. When I pray to you, I must thankfully consider your help as a certain and settled matter. You will hear me. You will help me. When I rely on you I will have your peace. Your peace will be with me in and through every twist and turn and up and down in life. I will be able to hold on to you as you hold on to me. I will be able to live in your supernatural peace that will guard my heart and mind and life. Yes, you will. 

Lord, too often I have carried my worries and anxieties on my own all by myself. Help me now to turn all my worries and anxieties into thanksgiving filled prayers to you. Guard my heart and mind with your unexplainable peace. Amen

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Peace Of God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character – Philippians 4:6-7 – Peace Of God – Growing As Disciples

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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)

Anxious

You are filled with anxiety and stress. You are carrying a heavy burden of worries. I know. That is not my plan for your life. That is not my desire for you. What is your plan and desire for me? Let, me first ask you a question. Go ahead, I’m listening. Why do you think you are filled with anxiety, stress and worry? I have a lot to worry about. Does that seem like a good answer to you? No, not really. Try again. I worry about a lot of things because I think I’m in charge of my life. I think I can and should solve all my worries by myself. That is a much better answer. How has that strategy been working out for you? Not well, in my efforts to solve all my problems, my life has been filled with anxiety, stress and worry. That’s true.

Do you want to carry anxiety, stress and worry? No, I do not. Do you like to worry? No, I do not. Your answer could have fooled everyone except me. Why is that? It seems like you like to worry. Why is that? If you have nothing to worry about, it seems like you go looking for something to worry about. You worry about real and even imagined circumstances. You worry about possibilities that aren’t likely to ever happen. You worry about the past that you can’t change. You worry about the future you can’t control. You are right. That’s not good. I know.

Would you like to be free of anxiety, stress and worry? Yes, I would. Then you will need to give up control of your life. What do you mean by that? Stop, thinking that you’re in charge of your life. I’m not? Do you think that you’re in charge of your life? Didn’t you give your life to me? Didn’t you say that you would let me oversee your life. Yes, I did. Then let me oversee your life. Rely on me instead of relying on yourself. How will I do that? Turn every one of your worries into a prayer to me. Ask for my help. Believe that I will hear and answer your prayers. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will turn every one of my worries into a prayer to you. That will be very good.

What will happen to you when you turn every one of your worries into a prayer to me? I will be freed from anxiety, stress and worry. I will live in your peace. I will have a peace that I can’t even understand or fully explain. That’s right. That will be very good. Yes, it will be.

 Lord, I have carried a heavy burden of worry. I have lived with a life filled with anxiety and stress. I am weary. I am worn out. Help me to turn every one of my worries into a prayer to you. Help me to live in your peace that that is beyond my understanding. Amen

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Do Not Be Anxious

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Mixed Emotions – Philippians 4:6-7 – Do Not Be Anxious – Growing As Disciples

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. Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)  

Worries Into Prayers

I am not in charge, I know that. You are not in charge of what? I am not in charge of my life. I don’t know the future. I don’t control my own destiny. My life is in your hands. You are in control. You are in charge. You know my future. You have a purpose and plan for my life. You will lead me. You will guard and guide my life. You will take care of me. You will watch over me. Your hand will be on me. You will help me. You are worthy of all my trust. I can rely on you for all that I will need. You will not withhold any good thing from me. You will hear and answer my prayers. I like what you are saying to me. I like what I am hearing from you. That’s good.

There is a problem. What’s that? What might I say in response to all that you have said to me? I don’t know. I will ask you a couple questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. Since you can trust in me, do you have anything to worry about? I’m not sure what you mean. Oh, I think you know what I mean. Let me hear your thoughts on this subject. I do worry quite a bit. Yes, you do. When your life is filled with worry are you trusting me? When your life is paralyzed by anxiety are you relying on me for all that you need? No, I am not. Who then, are you relying on? When my life is filled with worry and anxiety I am trusting myself. That’s a good thing for you to admit to me. Do you want to be free from worry and anxiety? Do you want to live in me peace? Yes Lord, I do want to be free from worry and anxiety. I do want to live in your peace. That’s good.

Let’s take this one step at a time. Let’s take this one worry and one prayer at a time. If you want to be free from worry and anxiety and live in my peace you will need to develop a new habit.  What habit will I need to develop? You can answer that, can’t you? What is my word telling you? I need to develop the habit of turning my worries into prayers to you. That’s it. How will you start turning your worries into prayers to me? I will start with one worry and one prayer at a time. When I start to have a worry, I will bring it to you it to you, I will turn it into a prayer. That will be very good. When you turn a worry into a prayer you will experience my peace. That is my promise to you. Thank you, Lord, for all your promises to me.

Lord, I will turn all my worries into prayers to you. You are in charge of my life. You are in control of my destiny. I know that I can trust you. Thank you for guarding and guiding my life and making me able to live in your peace as I love, follow and serve you. Amen

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Anxious For Nothing

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Philippians 4:6-7 – Anxious For Nothing – Growing As Disciples

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. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

Trust Me 

You are filled with anxiety. You are carry burdens that are too heavy for you to carry. You are worrying needlessly. Do you know why you are filled with anxiety? Do you know why you carry such heavy burdens? I live with a lot of worrisome situations. I have a lot to worry about. Does that sound like the correct answer to you? No, it doesn’t sound like the correct answer. But, I don’t have any other answer, that might sound better. Would you like to talk about why you are filled with anxiety? Would you like to discuss why you are carrying burdens that are too heavy for you to carry? Yes, I think I would like that. You seem a little hesitant. I am a little hesitant. Why is that? I may not like hearing why I worry and am filled with so much anxiety. You are right about that. I’m still willing to listen. That’s good. 

Are you ready to listen right now? Yes, I am ready to listen right now. Here we go. You think you can. I think I can what? You think you can handle your own worrisome situations. You think you are in control of your life. You think that you should be able to solve every problem and handle every circumstance. You think you are in charge of your own life. When you realize that you are not in control or in charge of your own life you worry. When situations and circumstances are beyond your control you worry about them. Does my assessment sound correct to you? Yes, it does. Let me ask you a couple questions. Go ahead. When you asked me to be your Savior and Lord didn’t you give up control of your life to me? Yes, I did. Didn’t you tell me that you were going to let me be in charge of your life? Yes, I did. If you really let me be in control and in charge of your life would your life be filled with so much worry and anxiety? No, I suppose not. You suppose not? I am certain that my life would not be filled with so much worry and anxiety if I fully entrusted my life to you. That’s right.

I have one more question for you. Go ahead, I’m listening. What has prevented you from fully entrusting your life to me? I’m not sure. Is this the part that I may not want to hear? Good guess. Yes, it is. You have my full attention. Why don’t you tell me the answer? You have figured out the answer, of that I’m positive. My own pride has caused me to be filled with worry and anxiety. That’s right. Will you humbly turn all your worries and anxieties to me? Will you allow me to carry your burdens? Will you allow me to release you from worry and anxiety? Will you allow me to fill you with my peace? Yes Lord, I will turn every one of my worries and anxieties into a prayer to you. That will be very good.

Lord, I have lived a life filled with anxiety. I have carried burdens that were too heavy for me to carry. I have worried unnecessarily. Guard my heart and mind. Help me to turn every one of my anxieties into a prayer to you so that I can receive your peace. Amen

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