Sunday, May 20, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Prayer Promises

"Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus," (Philippians 4:6, 7).

* Someone has well said that worry slanders every promise in the Word of God. The antidote for the poison of anxiety is thankful, praise-filled prayer. And as we bring our specific requests with an attitude of trust in our sovereign Father, He promises His peace will stand guard over our emotions and thoughts.

* When we worry, we assume responsibilities that God never intended for us to have. Paul urges us to replace anxiety with petitions replete with gratitude. (A word to the wise: make specific requests in order to see specific answers.) As we do, His inexplicable peace will replace the fretting that can so easily entangle us.

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