EVERYTHING BY PRAYER

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      07/19/20
 
"Everything by Prayer”
Philippians 4:4-7
 
INTRODUCTION: Paul encouraged the Philippians to persevere and stay on track in their faith in the Lord. They needed to stand firm in the face of all obstacles and opposition. They needed to work together in the Lord and help one another to live in harmony. They needed to let the joy of Christ rule their lives and be gracious, considerate, and unselfish in their interactions with others (Philippians 4:1-5). The only way we can do these things is when we are in constant connection with God through prayer. We cultivate the presence, peace, and power of God through prayer. In Philippians 4:4-7, Paul says everything we do should be done in prayer.
 
WHY SHOULD WE PRAY?
 
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer…let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God… will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (4:5-7)
 
  • We should pray because the Lord is near.
  • We should pray because life has worries and anxieties.
  • We should pray because we have needs.
  • We should pray because we need peace in our lives.
 
HOW SHOULD WE PRAY?
 
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice…But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (4:4-6).
 
  • Praise - Begin your prayer with praise to the Lord.
  • Prayer and Supplication - Turn to God in humble reverence and ask him to meet your personal needs.
  • Petition – Ask God to intervene in the lives of others and to answer specific, definite requests.
  • Thanksgiving – Pray with gratitude for all that God has done and with full assurance that your prayers will be answered.
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE PRAY?
 
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 (4:6-7).
 
  • Anxiety is contrary to faith. Faith trusts that God is in control. The cure for worry is to turn to God in prayer.
  • God’s unfathomable peace mounts guard over your feelings (heart) and your thinking (mind) when you pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
 
 
We cultivate the presence, peace, and power of God through prayer. Let’s pray!