“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
It would seem counterintuitive to the Bible but you hear people disagree on what we are praying for. They might say, “You shouldn’t be praying for your pets.” Or, “You ought not to be praying about your stock portfolio getting bigger and or hoping the IRS doesn’t find any errors in your income tax. The problem with thinking that way is that it contradicts the Bible. Scripture speaks repeatedly of the importance of prayer. Paul says to pray about everything (Philippians 4:6). Believers should make all requests known to God. In addition, believers are admonished to pray regularly and frequently. David promised the Lord, “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud— Psalm 55:17
While many believers sincerely desire to spend time with God in prayer, few actually do. Spiritual discipline is necessary to make prayer a priority in our lives. God, however, has made prayer a priority—directing His children to pray first, often, and always. Therefore, prayer should become a priority for us!
Scripture speaks repeatedly of the importance of prayer. Paul says to pray about everything (Philippians 4:6). Believers should make all requests known to God. In addition, believers are admonished to pray regularly and frequently. David promised the Lord, “Evening, morning and noon I cry out” (Psalm 55:17). Jesus prayed for extended periods of time, especially when making important decisions (Luke 6:12). Certainly, when facing challenges or trials, a believer should pray (James 5:13). Paul exhorted the Christians in Thessalonica to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer becomes not only an attitude of the heart but also a continual dialogue with the Lord.“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
There is nothing you can bring to God in prayer that is off-limits. I believe He wants to hear about all the details of your life, and He wants to help you with all the details of your life: “I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there. My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!.” Psalm 121:1-2
God doesn’t want us to live in anxiety. God wants us to cast all of that on Him because He so deeply cares for us.
So bring Him anything and everything. Nothing is too small. Nothing is too big. Nothing is too heavy. Nothing is too insignificant. Pray about anything knowing that while you are praying that you are cultivating your relationship with God.
- What “everythings” are you bringing to God lately?
- How might your life be different if you cast all these things on Him?