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Sermon Overview & Prayer: "Anything and Everything"

Philippians 4:6-7 SERMON PRAYER POINTS

These written prayers are intended to fuel your meditation on this passage and your enjoyment of God in prayer.

Philippians 4:6 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.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I thank you that your every command is always an invitation to experience more of the blessings and promises secured for me in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you that I do not obey in order to earn or deserve. I obey, by your grace, in order to receive the fruit of what you’ve already done for me in Christ.

  1. A Command – v.6a Do not be anxious about anything...

PRAYER: Father, thank you that with every command there is grace and provision for obedience. Please show me where I sin in unbelief...magnifying my inability because I minimize your enabling sufficiency. Holy Spirit, remind me again and again of who God is as my loving Father, my gracious and sovereign Savior, and my ever-present indwelling Comforter.

Repentance means turning from sin, and turning to righteousness

PRAYER: Lord, open my heart to the truth that transformation comes from a renewed mind, not from new circumstances. Show me what my fear and worry say about you, about me, and about my situation and circumstances. Help me to turn from depending on what I see and feel, to who I know and what I know to be true.

  1. An Invitation – v.6b But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, please show me how to pray. Remind me that there is no grace for my speculation and imagination. Guide me to your Word – to those verses that affirm your love, your faithfulness, your provision, and your grace. Stir faith in my heart, without which I cannot please you. 

God has brought me to the place I now find myself

PRAYER: Lord, please help me to cultivate a deeper trust that you lead me in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake, and that it is you who establishes my steps and leads me in the way that I should go. May I learn to find comfort and hope in the One who is with me, rather than in where I am. 

When I can’t trace his hand, I can trust his heart

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, please take me to verses that remind me that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; that all things are working together for my good; and that it is the cross of Christ that most vividly conveys and powerfully displays the perfect wisdom, sovereignty, and love of God!

  1. A Promise – v.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

PRAYER: Lord, I understand that life in a fallen world means tribulation. And while I would prefer otherwise, help me to abide in the promise of your presence and sovereign authority over all. Uphold me with the wonderful promise of your peace in the present, and the assurance that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 

He changes me, even if circumstances don’t. 

PRAYER: My God and Father, thank you that as I behold your glory in your Word, in the gospel, and in fellowship with my brothers and sisters; and as I walk by faith and not by sight,  you are changing me from glory to glory. Thank you that as you increasingly conform me to the image of Christ, I can remain steadfast, unshaken, and immovable although everything around me changes.


OVERVIEW OF THE SERMON:
In a hurried age of information and cultural confusion, there is ample opportunity to worry. However, Paul offers a remedy for worry and anxiety by commanding the believer to cast all his or her cares before the Lord. The believer is in a unique position to turn away from anxiety and instead look to a sovereign God who loves and cares for his people. Through the person and work of Christ, the Christian is able to come before the Lord with all kinds of prayers and supplications and receive a peace that surpassing all understanding.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What current anxiety came to mind as you read this text?
  1. What is your first response to anxiety (e.g., come before the Lord in prayer, attempt to handle the situation yourself, etc.)? How can these verses improve your typical response?
  1. Mickey stated that worry is a mild case of atheism. What does worry reveal about your beliefs about God?
  1. Paul commands us to present our request to the Lord with thanksgiving. What promises (already fulfilled or yet to be fulfilled) can you be grateful for in the midst of your anxiety?
  1. John Stott stated, “The cross is the guarantee of the continuing unfailing generosity of God”. What does Jesus’ finished work accomplish for us as we wrestle with anxiety?
  1. As a community group, how can we encourage and pray for one another in our fight against worry and anxiety? Are there practical steps we can take to care for one another as a group?