Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 7th - 7 Ups of Life

7th: Lift Up - Your Prayers.  "Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING" Philippians 4:6

a. Do you remember that sleek new bicycle you wanted? How about that pretty new dress? Or, years later, that car you just had to have in order to continue living?

b. Whatever your wants, your desires, your problems, the ultimate solution was to take them to Dad or Mom.

c. Is it any different now? Only now, we have a heavenly father who wants to be the answer to everything.

d. Philippians 4:6 
—Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

(1) This is not a call to a carefree life, but rather an entreaty to not be worried about anything.

(2) Paul and Timothy cared for or were concerned those they ministered to, yet they retained trust in God.

(3) Jesus Himself warned against worry, which reduces or eliminates trust in God.

(4) Matthew 6:25-33

(5) Paul encouraged the Philippians to pray rather than be anxious. "Pray about everything."

e. There is an acronym about prayer. It is P.U.S.H.—pray until something happens.

f. In all things we should lift up all things and pray until something happens.

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