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By Prayer and Petition

Anchor Devotional - 10.24.16


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6

Paul comes to the end of his letter to the benb your way out the door to visit someone—“Don’t forget to say thank you! Remember your manners! Be back home in time!”

Paul has done something like that. “Rejoice! Be gentle! Remember to bring your worries to the Lord in prayer!” These exhortations are valuable to the Philippians who would be persecuted for their faith in Jesus (see 1:27-30) and would have no end of dealings with people opposing Christianity and distorting the gospel (see 3:2). Anxiety would assuredly be a part of their lives.

But you and I know full well what the opposing force to anxiety is: prayer! The Word of God through Paul has taught us that when we bring our requests to God, His transcendent peace will fall upon us. Our lives will be marked by stress, fear, and uncertainty. But our unchanging, unfailing, all- knowing, and all-powerful God hears our prayers and carries us through.

Scripture Focus

Philippians 4:4-9

Insight

In Christ we are confident that the Lord hears our prayers. Our heavenly Father cares intimately for us, His children.

Read the Bible

  • Jeremiah 23-24
  • Psalm 115
  • 1 Corinthians 5-6