by Mark Baker

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Mark Baker
Philippians 4:6

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.

The Apostle Paul is telling us that we should pray and make our requests made known to God. However, he first said before we make our request know, is to be anxious for nothing. One translation says, have no anxiety at all. Unlike a set of instruction you may get when assembling something, you can often look at the thing and see that this part goes here and that part goes there. God's instructions are specific in the way they are written and in the way we are supposed to follow them. You must follow God's instructions if you want to get the desired results. If you don't follow God's instructions there is no need in blaming God for the lack of results, just go back to the Word of God and find out where you missed it. We've all been there. I know I have, and He has always been there waiting when I come back to Him and acknowledge my mess us.

We are not supposed to be anxious about anything, we are certainly not supposed to go before God with an anxious heart. You can not have an anxious heart and at the same time have the peace of God. If we go to God with anxiety, then that is saying we don't really have confidence and assurance in what we are about to ask for and that is a direct reflection in our confidence in God's willingness to grant the petition we are desiring.

An anxious heart will not be able to receive the promises of God by faith. Be anxious for nothing. Do not have any anxiety about anything, as another translation says. Then you can make your request made known to God, and the desired result will be peace of mind and heart. You may ask what that has to do with whatever your request was. Peace is an incredible thing.

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