VERSE OF THE DAY
Philippians 4:6-7 (New Living Translation)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Don’t worry about anything; instead be in fervent prayer about everything. Tell God what you need, telling him your hearts desires and thank him for all he has done. Thanking him for the experiences he’s given to you. Then you will experience God’s peace, and grace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. In a godly life style being god fearing and humble.
What does Philippians Chapter 4 6 7 mean?
Once you have prayed and have asked God for His help, let go of it and leave it in God’s hands. The end of the verse explains that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.Feb 13, 2017
What does Do not be anxious about anything but everything present your requests to God?
““Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
What does Jesus mean by do not worry?
In context, we might understand Jesus’ command not to worry as applicable to our pursuit of wealth and possessions rather than our basic needs being met. This would mean that worry would dissipate if we stopped seeking riches and instead put our trust in God.Aug 14, 2013
When Jesus Said Not to Worry, What Did He Mean?
by Drew Smith | Aug 14, 2013 | Opinion
One of the more comforting passages from the teachings of Jesus is found in Luke 12:22-34, where Jesus commands his listeners not to worry about the concerns of life, for God will take care of them.
But is this really Jesus’ meaning?
To interpret correctly, we must keep in mind the literary context in which we find Jesus speaking about worry.
It follows his telling of the “Parable of the Rich Fool” (Luke 12:13-21), who is a fool because he pursued wealth for himself with no thought for what God would demand of him.
Indeed, that very night God demanded his life, and his riches were wasted.
In context, we might understand Jesus’ command not to worry as applicable to our pursuit of wealth and possessions rather than our basic needs being met. This would mean that worry would dissipate if we stopped seeking riches and instead put our trust in God.
But what are we to make of the three illustrations Jesus offers in this passage?
â— “Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!”
â— “And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?”
â— “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you – you of little faith!”
What is Jesus’ purpose in using the ravens, the life span of human existence and the flowers to make his point?
First, Jesus says all of God’s creation, both nature and humanity, is dependent on God’s goodness for life and sustenance.
As Creator, God not only brings things into being but also sustains those things until their natural end. All life is God dependent.
This is what the rich fool failed to see or recognize. He thought that what he had was all because of what he had done, and he gave no thought for how God had blessed him. He failed to be dependent on God.
Second, Jesus expresses the temporality to our current existence.
Neither us, nor any of creation, is promised a tomorrow in this world. Thus, we are not to spend our short existence striving for wealth and possessions that are here today and gone tomorrow.
Again, the rich fool failed to see this, thinking that just by having abundance he would have a happy future. But none of us is promised even tomorrow.
Third, the choice of birds, plants and humans represents the consistent biblical teaching that all of creation is the concern of God.
God, as Creator, sustains creation by God’s love, and God desires that creation live out its intended design.
It is particularly important that the statement about humans not being able to lengthen their lives is placed between the statements about the birds and the lilies. It seems reasonable that Jesus is intending his hearers to understand two important things.
One, they are a part of creation and not above creation. And, two, we have a God-given purpose of using creation, but with great care and responsibility.
Creation is a gift to humanity. It provides us not only with the needs of food, clothing and shelter, but also with beauty and meaningfulness. For humans to ravage God’s household for selfish purposes is to live recklessly in God’s creation.
Jesus makes clear that God cares for God’s entire creation, and we ought to do the same. We might interpret the actions of the rich landowner as transgressing this care for creation.
He owns a lot of land, and though he is free within the bounds of the human understanding of ownership to use the land for his own purposes, he seems not to care for the creation itself, but only for what it can give him – a comfortable life.
Striving for what is temporal, as the rich man did, moves our focus from God and those around us to our own lives of selfish need and want, which results in our living as the world lives, in a constant struggle with the anxiety of desiring more.
But Jesus offers a different striving.
Instead of striving for the things in this world that bring worry and pass away, Jesus calls us to strive for the kingdom of God, in which we are dependent on God and God’s goodness toward us and all of creation.
Drew Smith, an ordained Baptist minister, is director of international programs at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. A longer version of this column first appeared on his blog, Wilderness Preacher, and is used with permission. You can follow him on Twitter @wildernespreach.
Assistant Director of the Honors College at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
How do you pray Philippians 4 6 7?
Prayer can eradicate anxiety and bring peace of mind – Philippians 4:6-7. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Prayer can eradicate anxiety and bring peace of mind – Philippians 4:6-7
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7, NIV
More About This Verse
Feeling anxious? God tells us to pray about everything, bringing every concern to Him. As part of our prayer time, He instructs us to be thankful, to have gratitude because He knows how powerful it is to pray with the expectation of God’s goodness and grace. Prayer gives us the opportunity to leave our burdens with God; the God of all creation wants us to lean on Him for help. Prayer helps us learn to rely on and trust in God. When we pray, we build faith and practice knowing that God is willing and able to help us. And Prayer reveals the glory and authority of God when He answers.
God promises that if we turn to Him in difficult times, He will give us a peace beyond belief, beyond understanding. And this peace will be a guard—or protector—of our hearts and minds. The peace spoken of here is supernatural; it’s not the kind of peace that’s fleeting or based on our circumstances.
Satan uses our fears and desires against us in ways that are not always obvious: he might convince us that our current situation is hopeless, or that God is too busy for us, or that God doesn’t care about our problems—none of that is true! Satan will do anything to separate us from God, and sometimes all he must do is convince us of a small lie to get us going in the wrong direction. He wants us to forget God’s promises and truth.
But God’s promises of unconditional love and peace drive away worry and anxiety. When we don’t rely on God, we are trying to carry a burden that wasn’t meant for us. Like a parent who desperately wants to support a child, God comes beside us and says, in effect, “this burden wasn’t meant for you alone.” God rejoices when we trust Him and rely on His grace, willingness, and ability to help us.
So, practice putting your mind to finding comfort, joy, and peace in Christ. This practice strengthens your faith. And it guards your heat and mind against anxiety and fear. It enables you to be present with God, not doubting, but praying and obeying with the knowledge that God works for your good.
EXPLORE THIS PASSAGE MORE
We get the most out of each verse when we understand them in context. So, feel free to dig a little deeper into the meaning of this verse with these resources:
• The Message version says this verse this way:
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:6-7, MSG).
• Read this chapter on Bible Gateway
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What follows can help you learn how to pray.
1. Prayer Has Four Simple Steps.
2. Step 1: Address Heavenly Father.
3. Step 2: Thank Heavenly Father.
4. Step 3: Ask Heavenly Father.
5. Step 4: Close in the Name of Jesus Christ.
6. Praying in a Group.
7. Pray Always, With Sincerity and With Faith in Christ.
8. Prayers Will Always Be Answered.
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What Does Philippians 4:6 Mean? ►
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Prayer is the privilege of people who are saved by grace thorough faith in Christ, for by His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, He tore down the dividing wall between God and man and gave us access to His throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need. We are exhorted not to worry about anything, but instead to pray confidently about everything. We are to tell the Lord our needs, laying our petitions humbly at His feet and thanking Him for all He has done.
We are not to be anxious about anything, but are to bring everything in life to the Lord in prayer. We are to pray aright and this is only possible as we abide in Christ and He in us. We are to keep our hearts free from fretting and worry and this can only be achieved as we cast all our care and concern on the Lord Jesus – for He cares for us.
Being anxious for nothing is not a suggestion… it is a command and a responsibility for all who are born from above. Anxiety not only demonstrates a lack of confidence in God and a lack of faith in His Word, it is deliberate disobedience to His clear directive. The more we recognise God’s sovereign hand in our daily problems and life’s uncertainties, the more our anxious thoughts will melt away.
We are to tell Him all our needs, lay all our burdens down at His feet and leave them there… for as anxiety is set aside, so our faith will correspondingly increase. We are instructed to cast all our anxiety upon Him because He cares for us, but we are to do this with a heart of thanksgiving and an attitude of worship. Any inward-focused worries are to be replaced with God-honouring, God-focused, God-dependent prayer.
Worry has a detrimental effect on our fellowship with the Father, for as faith increases so worry is eliminated. But if worry is allowed to bubble-up in our heart and ferment in our mind, so faith begins to falter and the enemy is given a foothold.
There is nothing too great and nothing too small that cannot be given to the Lord, and there is no area in our life or the lives of others, about which we cannot come boldly to the throne of grace. There is no anxiety so disturbing that cannot be guarded by the perfect peace of God and no pain so deep that cannot be healed by His tender touch.
In worry, we talk to ourselves. In prayer, we talk to God. When we worry, we focus on the circumstances of life, but in prayer, we focus on our heavenly Father. Worry is self-centred and selfish and is rooted in the sin of unbelief, but prayer is God-centred and pleasing to Him, for prayer is built on a heart that trusts His Word and depends upon Him for all our needs.
True prayer comes from a worshipful heart of thanksgiving and praise that is looking to the Lord by faith to supply everything we need, according to His riches in glory. When the prayer of faith sees the Lord as the sole Supplier of our every need, we should be anxious for nothing but trust Him in everything.
It is by faith that we were saved, and it must be by faith that we live. It is by faith that every anxious thought is banished from our heart, and when faith in our heavenly Father is translated into prayers and supplication, with thanksgiving, our requests may be made in quietness and in confidence that He will hear and answer.
It is to God that our prayers and petitions are made and through our Saviour that our prayers are presented, because we have been saved by grace through faith in Him. May we maintain a heart of grateful thanksgiving and praise for all His goodness and grace to us, and may we be anxious about nothing, but in everything through our grateful prayers and entreaties make our requests known to Him… and we will discover His peace that passes understanding, guarding our heart and mind, as we abide in Christ and He is us.