When I Can’t Fix It Myself
Prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:3-6 NIV
1. Prayer replaces worry.
“Do not be anxious about anything.” Philippians 4:6 NIV
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:27 NIV
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 NIV
What we worry about the most reveals where we trust God the least.
2. Prayer relinquishes control.
“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
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
“You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon Him, for you are His personal concern!”
1 Peter 5:7 Phillips
It can’t be God’s problem and my problem at the same time.
3. Prayer regulates thinking.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV
“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:2 NLT
“Aim at heaven and you’ll get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you’ll get neither.” ~ C.S. Lewis
4. Prayer reveals contentment.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12 NIV
“The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” Psalm 23:1 NLT
I will not trust in riches but in Him who richly provides.
5. Prayer relies on God.
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 NIV
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 NIV
Prayer doesn’t move God toward us; prayer moves us toward God.