Did you ever get advice that you knew was right, but at the same time knew was difficult to do? Today’s quote is in the category of “easier said than done”.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6 NIV
Life is full of worries and concerns – if you care deeply about someone or something, how can you not become anxious with that care? If things have gone wrong and you don’t know what to do, how do you not stress? If a tragedy has befallen you or a loved one, how can you really apply today’s quote? According to the Apostle Paul, we do not need to be anxious about anything. The key word there is “need”. Yes, we do become anxious at times because of life’s circumstances, but as natural and inevitable as that may be, according to the Bible it is not necessary. Let’s pull this verse apart:
Do not be anxious about anything – this can only happen if we truly believe that God is in control.
But in every situation – it doesn’t matter where, or when, or how, or why. This advice can be applied universally.
By prayer and petition – we are encouraged to approach the throne of grace that God has made available to us.
With thanksgiving – we must always remember that life itself is a gift, and that God loves us, so we should be thankful.
Present your requests to God – He is faithful to hear and answer our prayers.
Yes, today’s topic is a tough one. Our natural course is to become filled with the cares of life and stress about it. But we can live lives with less stress, with less anxiety, if we follow this simple formula of continually and thankfully praying to God.
You may be more familiar with the NKJV or KJV versions:
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” – Philippians 4:6 KJV
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6 NKJV