Daily Devotion for May 5, 2017

'Philippians 4:6-7 NLT'

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

This verse popped up today as my “Verse of the Day” from Bible Gateway. It was just what I needed...encouragement straight from my Lord. It's a verse I love because it's intimate, it's powerful, and it gets me back on track to face my day “in Christ Jesus”...

First of all, I love the reminder that we Believers are not to “worry about anything.” It says this because our Father is handling everything: He's the One in control, and He's the One taking care of our every need—He is our “Abba” (Daddy) Father! Moreover, Jesus told us this: “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life...Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? ...if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you” (Matthew 6:25-30). Keeping these verses in mind, we Believers definitely shouldn't be worrying about anything..even though we do. Our Father—who loves us and wonderfully cares for us (so much so, that He sacrificed His own Son!)—He can be trusted, He is entirely in control, and He is working all things for our good (Romans 8:28).

Next, I love the Believer's reminder to “pray about everything,” and I love it for three reasons. First of all, I love the reminder to “pray” because I often forget to pray—instead I just think about the problem or person I'm worried about, or I try to solve stuff on my own (stupid!). Secondly, I love the “pray” part because it reminds me that I have a powerful weapon through prayer: “The prayer offered in faith will restore” (James 5:15), “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16), and “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask according to His will, He HEARS us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know we HAVE the requests which we have asked from Him” (1 John 5:14-15)! Now that's powerful...and it's powerful because that's how GOD designed prayer to work! Third, I love the reminder to “pray about everything,” which basically lets us Believers know there's NOTHING we can't bring to our Father!

Furthermore, it makes me smile when I read the “tell God what You need” part. It makes me smile because I know my Father already knows what I need—but He wants to hear it from me because He LOVES hearing from me, His daughter! Since my Father desires I “seek His face,” His face “I shall seek” (Psalm 27:8) for every need, for every concern!

In addition, the “thank Him for all He has done” causes me to start thinking about all the uncountable prayer requests He has answered over the years—and it also causes me to think about those times He's stepped in and done stuff before I even started praying (because He's just that wonderful of a Father!)! Remembering these 1) floods my heart with thankfulness, 2) gets my mind off the problem, and 3) gets my mind and heart praising Him—my good Father, my Sustainer, my Savior, my Helper, my ALL!

Finally, I love experiencing “God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” When we Believers follow the simple step-by-step instructions in this verse, Our Savior's not-of-this-world's-“peace” fills our previously worried hearts. “His peace will guard (our) hearts and minds as (we) live in Christ Jesus,” abiding in Him so we glorify Him...

Father, we bring our worries to You today. We are not going to worry about “it” or “them” anymore! Instead, we will “pray” about our hearts' concerns, we will “tell” you what we “need” (because You desire that!), and we will spend our day thanking You “for all” You have done...

Thank You, Father, for these step-by-step instructions through which You transform the Believer's worries into wonderful “PEACE” that guards our “hearts and minds as (we) live in Christ Jesus!”

AMEN!!!

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