November 14, 2017
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Praying With Thanksgiving.
The message of our ministry is the gospel of Christ (chap. 1).
The model for our ministry is the example of Christ (chap. 2). The
motive for our ministry is the reward of Christ (chap. 3). The means of
our ministry is the provision of Christ (chap. 4).
He provides unity when we disagree with our fellow Christians
(vv. 1-5), and peace when we are prone to worry (vv. 6-9). If we pray
as we ought to pray and think as we ought to think, the peace of
God will guard us, and the God of peace will go with us.
He provides the power we need for life and service (vv. 10-13)
and the material needs we have as well (vv. 14-20). [Chapter by
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe]
I pray voraciously. It’s my fuel, my compass, and my comfort.
I’m a student of prayer and an advocate for prayer. One of my
ongoing projects is challenging men to spend more time in effective
prayer. Part of my passion in this area, frankly, comes from my hope
that other men can learn from my mistakes. Certainly, God wants us to
come to him in prayer consistently–even constantly! And we should
never hesitate because we’re concerned that we may be praying “the
wrong way.” But there are some rules concerning prayer. One of those
rules is spelled out quite clearly in Paul’s letter to the
Philippians. He tells us to pray “with thanksgiving,” and I didn’t always do
that. So my time with God became an exercise in hand wringing, and
peace was denied full access to my heart.
Here’s an example: If a teenage son (like mine) is driving
home past midnight, it would be typical for a dad (like me) to pray
and at the same time agonize over how tired his son might be, the
snowy roads, the shaky transmission, and the high rate of accidents
among teenagers. Those thoughts are not just a distraction to prayer;
they become the focus of the prayer. But a dad who follows Paul’s
advice would thank God for his son’s good health, the snowplows
clearing the way, the boy’s accident-free driving record, and even his
son’s salvation. When that happens, prayer becomes a free-flowing
conduit for God’s peace. And that just makes me want to pray all the
James Nicodem–husband to Sue and father to Emily, Rachel, and
Andrew–is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church, which has grown
from six families in 1984 to three campuses in the far west suburbs
of Chicago. Jim can be heard daily on LifeLine with James Nicodem,
the radio ministry of Christ Community Church. [The One Year Bible
Live Verse Devotional re vs. 6, 7]
God can’t give us happiness and peace apart from Himself because
there is no such thing. C. S. Lewis