Most of all, friends, always rejoice in the Lord! I never tire of saying it: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 The Voice).
Philippians 4:1-7 The Voice
Matthew 6:8 The Message
Philippians 4:1-7 In your Bible
Praise and rejoicing resound throughout the letter to the Philippians. He rejoices for new believers spreading the good news.
We too should always rejoice in the Lord. Paul says, I never tire of saying it: Rejoice! Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. The Lord is ever present with us. Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything (Philippians 4:4b-6 The Voice).
People around us watch as we encounter challenges, problems, as well as the good things in our lives. Paul encourages believers that our walk with Jesus should be evident, he is with us all day long, so take on Christ’s character. We live for him.
Talk with Him
God wants to hear our requests. But . . .This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply (Matthew 6:8 The Message). Wow.
The key here is he is with us and knows us (inside out)! So we’re not bothering him when we talk with him. The Father wants conversation with us. Likewise we must take his advice as we learn of him and read his Word.
What do we gain from asking God or talking with God? He will give . . . the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One (Philippians 4:7 The Voice).
Prayer: Father, thank you for being so near and wanting to hear from us. Help me to ask for needs as you showed the disciples in the simple prayer we call the Lord’s Prayer.
- When you encounter difficult times or challenges, how do you change anxiety into joy?
- What is your impression of the difference between a want and a need?
- At times do you bypass simple needs and request wants instead?