Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition. With thanksgiving, present your request to God, and the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds.
Wow, where has the blog week gone? I feel like I just sat down to write my first post, and here I am writing the final one. I suppose what they say about time is true. It does fly by when your having fun! On that note, let’s recap… shall we?
On Monday, we focused our attention to Matthew 6:25. There we found The Lord instructing us to ” not worry”. Although it is natural to worry, if we do so for any length of time, we essentially do not trust in his plan for our lives. Tuesday we talked about 1 of 3 tools that The Lord has given us to combat worry, and that is The Bible. Not only does it give us clarity, direction & ammunition, but the truth in every word on every page gives us hope. Wednesday, we touched on the second tool, which is meditating on his word. By focusing on 1 scripture that pertains to our lives we not only take the focus off of whatever it is that we are worried about, but we gain strength from it. Today, we will be talking about the third tool and that is prayer.
In Philippians 4:6-7 The Lord instructs us to not worry, but to pray about everything. By doing so, he assures us that we will have peace that will guard our hearts and minds. My friends, we have a direct line of communication with The Creator of The Universe. The good news about this is that he is always available, and he is excited to hear from us. In fact, he wants to hear about the good, the not so good, and any request that we may have. He even wants to hear about what is worrying us. Thankfully, there will never be a bad connection or a line being busy or disconnected. He is available anytime, anywhere and for anything. I don’t know about you but I, for one, take full advantage of this. I thank him as I’m leaving the grocery store with a basket full of groceries. I thank him for the heater when its cold or the air conditioning when its hot. I go to him for EVERYTHING! Just ask my children. They think it is hilarious, at times. I sometimes wonder if he does, too. But, all kidding aside, I believe this is the greatest tool there is.
So, when was the last time you prayed? Perhaps it was a simple thank you, which is great! Our father in heaven does not care how long you pray or how you even do it, he just wants to hear from you. For me, when I am starting or ending my day, I begin praying by thanking him for all of my blessings. Next I repent by asking for forgiveness for any sins that I have committed. Then, I ask for whatever is on my heart. Finally, I listen. Yes, he responds! Thank you, Jesus! Did you see what I just did there? 😉
Well, I hope this week has helped you in some way. I have really enjoyed creating the content, and hearing from you guys via comments, messages or emails. I pray that you all have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm! I’ll plan on meeting you back here on Monday, and on The Faith Filled Travelers Facebook page until then. Cheers!
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I’ve experienced this myself the past few months. I’ve gone through one of the toughest times of my life and early on someone told me to give it to God, it’s the only way through it. And, they were right. When I felt the worst I prayed, like ive never prayed before, and he lifted the burden. He lifted me and saw me through and carried me when needed. Now that I am stronger, my prayers are of thankfulness and to be guided in His path for my life. I look forward to where he will take me. God is good and always there!!!
Thanks for your comment it is always wonderful when we give things to God. Last year when I had to quit with my knee at Walmart. I could not work through the pain and quit. I then focused on God and gave everything to him. I prayed and had others pray for me and on the 22nd of December 2018. I had a job break through. I got hired at the local Kroger right by my house. It was something else the week before they went to hire me I could not get into the store. I got asked by the store manager if I had my application in, and I had to put it in again. Then on the 22nd I got hired. So everything is going the way God wants it. When we give everything to him, he will lift us up. I was passed over by everyone except where I am now. I did tell God before he set things in motion, that I was going to work for myself and wash windows. I guess what he had for me instead was better.
His plan is always better than our own. I’m happy that things are looking up for you, Cary. Continue looking ahead & putting one foot in front of the other!
He sure is! I’m so glad that things are beginning to turn around for you, and that you have found peace & comfort in him. (Hugs) to you!