A GIFT BEYOND MEASURE: What we receive when we bring our requests to God with thanksgiving

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CCC leader Nelson Chamisa reading the Bible in the wilderness

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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

Worry and anxiety are a natural part of life. But according to Philippians 4:6-7, there is an antidote – a cure – for the worries that plague our minds. It lies in prayer.

The Scriptures teach us that when we turn our worries into prayers of petition and thanksgiving, God responds by giving us a peace that transcends our circumstances.

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The passage says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Notice the contrast – don’t worry, but do pray. Take your concerns to God, thank Him for all He has done, and make your needs known.

The result? “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds.” God’s peace isn’t just an absence of worry; it’s a presence of calm that exceeds our understanding.

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So whenever anxiety starts to overwhelm you, remember the antidote according to Philippians 4:6-7.

God’s peace won’t remove all your troubles, but it will remove the torment of a troubled mind. Prayer is the antidote to anxiety. The cure lies in turning everything over to God, as the verses teach us.

– Pastor Flavor


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