Our scripture this morning is Philippians 4:5-7.

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

We often become anxious about things we can’t control. Paul offers comfort and guidance: don’t worry, pray instead! Talk to the one who can do something about any situation, our Father in heaven.

We must petition God about the things that trouble us, praise Him for His love and care, and peace will follow. Peter echos this teaching in his first letter – “Cast all your worries on Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). God is ready to hear our concerns and give us peace of mind.

Prayer, praise and peace lead to the patience we need to await Christ’s return for us. Patience doesn’t mean we just sit back and do nothing. Jesus taught us an active patience, going to the world in His name that all may know His saving love.

Gracious God, we are amazed that You want to be in contact with us through prayer. Help us to give up our issues to You and share the joy of salvation with all. Amen.

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