Present Your Requests To God

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

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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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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