Tuesday, October 17

Philippians 4:1-9 (ESV)

4 Therefore, my brothers,[a] whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer

2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion,[b] help these women, who have labored[c] side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness[d]be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned[e] and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.


Reflection

There are a few things in life that go hand-in-hand. Peanut butter and jelly, burgers and fries, campfires and smores, a rainy day and a good book, and anxiety and prayer. At least, for me, whenever I am feeling any sort of anxiety, I always look up to the Lord for help, guidance, and comfort.

It is like the comfort of an old friend when you pray during times of worry. Spoken out loud or in my head, I feel so much better after I lay out all my worry and fear to God. When I turn over my worries and let God take control, the situation always gets better and so does my heart.

Also, I always pray during times of joy. When I was going through confirmation, my pastor told us that every night when we pray we should say thank you to God for three things that happened that day or that we were grateful for before we ask for anything. I have done this for so many years now that I have come to realize once I say three things I am thankful for, the things I'm praying for help with don’t seem so bad. I pray with gratitude for the safety of my family and me, for the ability to work and breathe every day, for beautiful days outside, and for so much more. In today’s reading, Paul encourages us to celebrate God, all day, every day. It is so important to celebrate the life with which we’ve been so blessed. We cannot just pray when we are feeling anxiety, but also when we are filled with joy and happiness.


Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for my family, my job, and my education. Please be with me and the rest of your children throughout this week. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Amanda Lawler Administrative Assistant for Office and Communications alawler@stjohns-springfield.org