v6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Prayer is a cornerstone of the Christian life. If we want to live in the reality of having the peace of God in our lives we need to master this spiritual discipline. The only way to beat anxiety is to come before God and seek his peace. Honestly, without a prayer life we will struggle day by day, and yes, I mean Christians.
Prayer and worship go hand in hand. They are an expression of the heart surrendered to God. They are an expression of the heart that is dependant on God.
Worship takes our eyes off of our selves and our circumstances and focuses us them on God. Prayer is the same. It’s an expression of our dependence. When Joseph had endured 13 years of hardship he was set before the Pharaoh and asked to interpret his dream. What he said is staggering: “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Genesis 41:16 Joseph gave God his place and God gave Joseph the answer. God also gave Joseph the wisdom needed for the time.
I was going to say that it is easy to pray in the good times. But I am not sure that’s true. We can tend to forget about God when life is going well. But when we develop this discipline in the good times, it will be a natural response in the bad times.
Let us also pray in the bad times, when we are anxious. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit prays on our behalf, with sighs and groans that are too deep for words. God hears the language of the heart, our tears, our anxiety. Bring it before God.
Remember, prayer is our every-day conversation with our Father in heaven. We are encouraged to pray continually! Petition is getting down on our knees in a private place to seek God for specific things and people. Keep waiting on God. He’s listening.
Philippians 4:4-9; Genesis 41:16; Romans 8:26; 1 Thessalonians 5:17