June 14, 2020: SOAP #3846:   1Kings 15; 2Chronicles 13,14; Philippians 4 Scripture:  Philippians (NIV) 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Observation:  […]

June 14, 2020: SOAP #3846:   1Kings 15; 2Chronicles 13,14; Philippians 4

Scripture:  Philippians (NIV) 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Observation:  Here are two verses that we often see as standing alone.  Many of us would recognize the verses when quoted, but if we did not know the chapter and verse, we may not recognize that they stand together.  Verse 7 does begin with a conjunction: 'and.' 

The 'peace of God' which we value and greatly desire is connected to the instructions in verse 6 about praying.  Verse 6 is not about me asking others to pray for me, but about ME praying for me.  It is about me not worrying.  It is about me having a thankful heart as I present my requests to God. 

I see a connection between MY prayer and MY having the peace of God!  Sometimes I would rather have someone else pray for me; if I pray for myself, the Holy Spirit may bring to my mind some sin or attitude that displeases God and needs correction. 

Application:  Often when people ask me to pray for them, I first ask how they are praying for themselves.  Then I can agree with them.  And I open myself to the Holy Spirit for His input.      

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I present my requests to you with thanksgiving. No one understands what I need better than you.  No one has the resources to meet my needs like you do.  I trust you.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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