Staying Positive Under Pressure Through Intercessory Prayer by Rick Ferguson


By: Dr. Rick E. Ferguson

Philippians 1:3-7

Tonight we return to our study of the book of Philippians. You will remember that the apostle
Paul wrote this book while he was in prison in Rome. He wrote it while chained to a Roman guard.
It is very possible that Paul was facing trial and even execution. He was a prisoner of
Nero (the neurotic, psychotic Emperor of Rome who hated Christians). Paul knew his future
was bleak (from a human perspective).

And yet, in spite of these normally gloomy, frightening circumstances, Paul wrote the book of
Philippians (which is the most positive, upbeat, optimistic, victorious book of all his writings).

As we read Philippians, we are going to learn how Paul was able to stay so positive under
such vehement pressure.

Now let me ask you something Christian--
(1) Are you basically an optimist or a pessimist?
(2) Do you see a glass half full or half empty?
(3) Are you a positive thinker or a negative thinker?
(4) Are you happy and victorious and upbeat in life?
Or do you find yourself often under a burden of
defeat, despair and depression?

I want to tell you, dear friend--The lost world around you needs to see in you a Christian who
is able to stay [positive under pressure. One of the key ingredients to staying positive under
pressure is intercessory prayer.

TEXT--Philippians 1:3-7

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