Joyfulness, Anxiety, Prayer, & Peace

Daily "Words of Wisdom" from Apply“Always rejoice in [the] Lord. Once more I will say, Rejoice! Let YOUR reasonableness become known to all men. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving let YOUR petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that excels all thought will guard YOUR hearts and YOUR mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7).

This brilliant scripture gives us great advice about Joyfulness, Anxiety, Prayer, and Peace.

Joyfulness: Philippians 4:4 is a wonderful reminder to get over ourselves and to rejoice, regardless of our circumstances.  Yes, life can get very hard.  But the blessings of life always outweigh the temporary pain of our circumstances. So regardless of what is going on around us we need to rejoice and be joyful to God for the privilege of life.

Anxiety:  We are told not to be anxious about anything.  This means we are not supposed to be overwhelmed by circumstances or fears.  Of course we all get anxious. But the solution is prayer, not dwelling on our worries.

Prayer: God hears our prayers. So when we need something, we should ask Him in prayer. When praying, we also are encouraged to let God know we are thankful for all His blessings.  Prayer also helps us become closer to our loving God, Yahweh.

Peace: Admitting that we need God’s help is an effective way to take some of the stress off of our shoulders. Being thankful for what we have, perhaps even giving thanks in prayer for some of these blessings, is a way to focus on positive things, not on our worries.  When we pray, God gives us peace which will help us to endure any day, any situation.