Why Do We Pray? | Why Do We Do That Pt. 4 (September 17, 2017)
From around 60 to 62 AD, the Apostle Paul was under house arrest in Rome awaiting trial with the very real possibility of execution looming over him. Surely, he had the right to be anxious. It was under these circumstances that Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians, and in the fourth chapter, Paul provides the only true and ultimate solution to the suffocating power of anxiety.
And that is prayer.
Now you might say: “Okay, Pastor James, I’m glad you found the solution to my anxiety, but your answer is giving me an anxiety attack because I don’t know how to pray!” Well, you Paul had you covered almost 2000 years ago – because our Philippians passage today helps see that PRAYER IS BREATHING.
Philippians 4:6-8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
6 Do not worry 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.
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.