June 14, 2019: SOAP #3480:  1Kings 15; 2Chronicles 13,14; Philippians 4F Scripture:  Philippians (NIV) 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. […]

June 14, 2019: SOAP #3480: 1Kings 15; 2Chronicles 13,14; Philippians 4F

Scripture:  Philippians (NIV) 4:6 Do not be anxious aboutanything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, presentyour requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends allunderstanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Observation:   Thereis something we should not do about anything, and there is something we shoulddo about everything.  We should not worryabout anything; we should pray about everything.  If we do the second, we will be less inclinedto do the first.  

Application:  This verse does not tell me to gather a bandof prayer warriors around to take my needs to our Heavenly Father.  There is nothing wrong with asking others topray, but this verse tells ME to pray!   When I ask someone to pray FOR me, I should beasking them to pray WITH me.  I shouldalready be praying. 

Many times, when people ask me to pray for a need in their life, I ask them howthey are praying; I will agree with them. I want to know for what their faith is reaching.  What do they expect God to do for them?

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, your gift of peace that transcendsall understanding is promised to those who present their requests TO YOU byprayer and petition with thanksgiving. Amen

Pastor Leon
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