I have to be honest; I wasn’t expecting it to hurt so badly. This week had already been a beating (we’d studied unbelief, pride and idolatry so far); I thought I’d be ok today. Needless to say, I was wrong.
Naturally the first scripture we had to read was Philippians 4:6-7. I almost didn’t even read it because I already was familiar with it (I know, I can be pathetic sometimes).
But… there was a twist! She asked us to rewrite the verses from the negative stand point. This is what I wrote:
“Do not be calm about anything, but in everything by complaining and blaming with bitterness let your thoughts be made known to man. And the troubles of the world will fill your lives in the form of sin.”
I almost went right on. Then I read it again. That’s when it came… the kick. OUCH!!!!!
I realized that this verse, while the words were common, the practice was foreign. The words I had wrote above, now those fit much better into my life.
I am the first one to call Chris or Paula or any of my other friends and tell them about all the wrongs that have happened to me. When something doesn’t go my way I am filled with bitterness. I let the troubles of this world weigh heavy on me.
When the verse so clearly states: “Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I need and want that to be what my life looks like. What if I really wasn’t anxious anymore? What if I went to Christ in EVERYTHING for prayer? What if I was thankful? What if I experienced peace in all situations because it was now in Christ’s hands? What if my heart and mind was truly guarded?
Oh Lord make me… make us all… people who pray continuously!!!
COMMENT: let me/us know things that have helped your prayer life. Or if you just want to share something that I can be praying for leave that in the comments too.