Philippians 4: 6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Notice the following:
1. This scripture is a command, not a plea. No matter what, anxiety and fear is not an option. Why"
A. Fear is to the devil what faith is to God. Faith is a creative force, fear is a creative force.
B. Fear has torment; Jesus spoke about the end of time in Luke 21:26, when the heart of people will fail them for the fear of what is to come. People will have heart attacks for notional fear, a fear for the future that may not even come to be.
C. No one has solved his problems being anxious. Anxiety doles not dispel problems, prayer does. The words of Jesus in Matthew 6: 27 “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
2. Notice that God instructs us of the alternative - But in all things . . . Instead of anxiety and frets, “in all things, make your request known to God, through prayer, supplications, definite request and thanksgiving: why:
a. Because prayer allows the anointing of God into the picture of your issues. What is the anointing? It is the burden removing, yoke destroying power of God. Isaiah 10: 27 “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing”. The anointing, the power and glory of God is released into the issue to lift the burden off your shoulders and the yokes from off your neck. The anointing will bring and enforce peace in your situation because it will forcefully break the yoke
Notice that it say, peace of God will keep your mind through Christ Jesus. the word "Christ" as we already know is the word "Messiah" which also mean " the anointed one and his anointing" In this contest it is used as "the peace of God will keep your heart through the anointing of Jesus" It is the anointing that enforces peace as we step out of our fretting and begin to exercise our faith in all thing, by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving.
b. Because the prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5: 16 “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. Another translation says, “The prayer of a righteous man does great good”. Your prayer will do great good on the issues you are dealing with.
c. Because the prayer of faith will completely salvage the situation.
D. Because God is committed to answering your prayers. He has said “Before you call, I will answer, and while you are yet speaking, I will bring it to pass”.
Memory Verse: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7