Updated: Jan 4, 2020
Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
I try desperately to follow God’s will and seek Scripture in all aspects of my life. I understand and can live by a command such as “thou shalt not steal”, it’s a little tougher but I can even live out the command “love thy neighbor”, but, I have to be honest, I struggle with this verse. I do not struggle with the prayer and supplication, or the thanksgiving part, but the idea of being anxious for nothing. Obedience to this command does not come naturally for me. I am a worrier, not a warrior, but a worrier… big difference.
As we examine this verse in detail, we start to see something very important, it is not a request. Instead of this verse being a request or suggestion, it is most certainly a command. It makes sense as well for a couple of reasons, first, we should be a living example of faithfulness, after all, how faithful are we if we are worrying about every little thing? If we truly believe in and have faith that God has a great plan for us, what does it say when we are worrying about that plan? Second, by worrying about any certain thing, we take that away from our Father. If God is our father, and we are the child, we are taking the parenthood role away from Him. We should instead allow our Father to worry, and in faith, be willing to fully submit to His perfect plan.
How do we do this? through prayer and supplication. Prayer is our general communication with God, it is through prayer that we are able to seek guidance and wisdom. Supplication is more of our direct requests of the Lord. Both of these forms of communication should be present in our lives, and both should lead to the calming of our anxiety.
Through positive and negative circumstances we should be continually thankful for what the Lord has done and will continue to do for us. We should always be grateful for the price He paid for our sin, the blessings he bestows upon us, and the great plan He has for our life.
If we have completely surrendered our life to the Lord, knowing that His plan is better than ours, we should be living a life without anxiousness. Are we continually seeking guidance and wisdom through prayer and supplication? If so, we should have a pretty clear picture of the path the Lord would have us on. If we know the path the Lord has us on is good, then there is no need to worry!
The Lord has great plans for each of us, we must push aside our tendency to worry about every aspect of our life and hand over complete authority to Him, knowing that His path is far greater than ours.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
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