Worry Less, Live More

We have been in a series of study regarding “Worry Less Live More” and using Philippians 4:4-7. So far, Rejoicing, Gentleness, Nearness, and Prayer and came in the order in which Paul delivered them to the Philippians. Following that order, is Thanksgiving.
As we look at Philippians 4:6, we must take every word as holy counsel and obey it. If we are not to be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, then to do it with Thanksgiving, present our request to God. Not sure I understand this. God wants me to not worry (things that are heavy on my heart), but turn it over to Him through prayer with my request and be thankful at the same time! We must dig deeper on this one and it will require more faith. What if we were to take out the verbiage “with thanksgiving” (which we would never do) but for the sake of thought, would the command still work? Yes, it still works but “Thanksgiving” adds a deeper dimension to our prayer life. No matter our crisis or concern, there are always notable items for which we can be thankful, and finding them is critical to worrying less and living more. Gratitude is to worry what antibiotics are to in an infection. Ruth Graham, Billy Graham’s wife, wrote in her book “Its My Turn” that the Lord showed her to “Quit Studying the Problems and Start Studying the Promises”. So, when we are worrying or being anxious about something, the Word of God tells us to pray (commune with the Father), with Thanksgiving, presenting our request to God. Read Psalm 100 and you will find 7 commands: 1. Shout for joy to the Lord 2. Worship the Lord with gladness 3. Come before Him with joyful song 4. Know that the Lord is God 5. Enter His gates with Thanksgiving 6. Enter His courts with praise 7. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. No matter how bad something has a grip on us, we must trust His Word and come to our Father with our problems. Knowing that His promises will supersede anything we bring to Him.