A good verse to memorize is this one about worry and prayer.
Philippians 4.6-7 – 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.
To dig deeper into the meaning of Paul’s counsel, let’s examine the meaning of keywords in these verses.
(1) Be Anxious – To worry, to care for, be anxious about, and to think earnestly are common translations of the Greek word.
The Message paraphrase captures this passage as, “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray.”
(2) Prayer and Supplication – The two words complement each other and refer to prayer, request, and supplication.
Supplication is a humble request for help from someone in authority.
The Message paraphrase reads, “Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.”
(3) Peace – Peace, quietness, rest, and well-being are captured by the customary Hebrew greeting, “Shalom.”
To Amplify the Passage
The Amplified Bible has taken the approach in this blog and expanded the meaning of words to help further appreciate what the Bible says.
Philippians 4.6-7 (Amplified Version) – Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.
And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
How Can We Apply This?
No matter what translation you use, it is clear that worry and anxiety are calls to prayer. Let’s think this through.
(1) Anything that worries us is a good topic for prayer. No personal interest is too minor for God. We can share everything with our loving heavenly Father.
(2) Prayer combines asking and gratitude. Three different terms are used to describe the act of asking God to supply our needs (prayer, supplication, request).
Thanksgiving and gratitude recognize the awesome privilege that the Greatest Being of All is also our Father, who wants to hear about everything that causes us concern.
(3) We should pray until the peace of God quiets our restless and troubled hearts.
Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on YouTube today. In the video, I explain how worry often awakens me at 3:00 in the morning. If I focus on the worry or concern, it revolves around my mind like a broken record.
When that takes place, I get up, turn on a light, and open my Bible. I usually read from the Psalms. I read and pray the Psalms until I reach a point where the Holy Spirit assures me that he is at work and calms my worry.
I praise God for the Bible because it gives us instructions on what to do in difficult times. Let’s use the Bible’s teaching and receive the blessings God has intended for us.
Rudy Ross and I discuss this passage on YouTube. It can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. You will appreciate Rudy’s insights.
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