One of the several truths that the Scriptures teach us today is on the topic of PRAYER. In any healthy relationship, there should always be good communication. In fact, think about the healthy relationships that you have…maybe with a parent, sibling, co-worker, or spouse. I would be bold enough to say that for your healthy relationships, there is a good level of communication, not only from that person to you, but also from you to that person.
Christianity is no different. If we are to have a good relationship with God, there needs to be healthy communication. We know how God communicates to us – it is through His Word, the Bible! “All Scripture is God breathed…” (2 Tim 3:16). We need to be in His Word regularly to hear from Him. However, we are also to communicate back to Him. How do we do that? Prayer!
Yet before this passage talks about prayer, it mentions anxiety: “Do not be anxious…” (Phil 4:6). And after the passage talks about prayer, it mentions peace: “The peace of God which passes all understanding…” (Phil 4:7). What’s the point of this? The only way from anxiety to peace is through prayer!
In life, so many of us (including myself) waste time with worry and anxiety. As a planner, I tend to worry about what might come next. What do you worry about? The Bible’s answer to worry and anxiety is found in Scripture today.
Only through prayer will anxiety be removed and the peace of God guard our hearts and minds. When we only discuss, debate, and worry about things and then fail to seek the face of God in prayer, our theology and our discipleship have been completely disconnected. We trust ourselves more than we trust God. Let us respond to this passage obediently, faithfully, and most importantly…prayerfully.
Rev. Adam Mumpower, Senior Pastor