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Philippians 4:6

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

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Don’t Be Careful and Here’s Why

Philippians 4:6-7 cautions us against troubling, perplexing care.

Don’t Be “Careful”

We are told, “Be careful for nothing,” in the old English version of the Bible. This is a similar expression as used in Matthew 6:25, which says, “Take no thought for your life” (KJV). That is, avoid anxious care and distracting thoughts when you experience need and difficulty in your life.

In this context, “care” doesn’t mean diligence, wise planning, and appropriate concern. It means the doubt-filled care and distrust of God, which is both sin and foolishness, and which only jumbles and distracts your mind. 

God commands us in his Word not to be anxious. Anxiety shows our distrust in God’s ability to take care of us, and makes us ineffective in serving God.

Instead, Pray About Everything

As an antidote against “perplexing care”—or worry‚—God commands us to constantly pray and tell him our concerns. He says, “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (v. 6 KJV, emphasis added).

This means that we must not only keep spending regular times in prayer, but we also must pray in every specific emergency. 

“In everything,” God says. So when anything burdens our spirits, we must ease our minds through prayer. When our circumstances are complicated or distressing, we must seek God’s direction and support.

Because God Wants To Listen

Prayer is the offering up of our desires to God, or making these desires known to him: “Let your requests be made known to God” (v. 6 KJV). This doesn’t mean that God needs to be told our wants or desires, for he knows them better than we can tell him.

Instead, God wants to have us tell him our regards and concern. He wants to hear us express both his great mercy as we thank him, and our sense of dependence on him as we make requests.

The effect of this will be the peace of God guarding our hearts.

And God Gives Peace

The peace of God is the comfortable sense that our relationship with God has been mended—that we have favor in his sight, we have the hope of heaven, and we look forward to enjoying him now and forever.

God offers you favor in his sight—not because of what you have done, but because of what God has done for you through his Son, Jesus.

God sent his Son Jesus to live the obedient life that we could not. Jesus died as our substitute to rescue us from the punishment we deserved for all the ways we sin against God. Then Jesus rose from the dead, putting our debt and sin to rest, offering us a new life of peace with God.

God’s gift of peace is received by faith—by believing that Jesus is Lord and Savior—and by taking God at his Word. God’s peace isn’t earned; it’s given.

Remembering God’s gift of peace in Jesus will keep us from sinning in our troubles, and from sinking under them. For, our circumstantial peace is governed by our eternal peace. God’s peace will keep you calm, without distracting emotions, and with inward satisfaction when you give both your eternal and temporary concerns to him. 

For, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3 ESV).

This devotional is adapted by Bibles.net from Mathew Henry’s Commentary, which is in the Public Domain. His full text can be found here at biblestudytools.com.

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Philippians 4:6-7

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ESV

Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

CSB

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

NLT

 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

NIV

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.

KJV

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

NKJV

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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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Be anxious
for nothing

PHILIPPIANS 4:6 NKJV

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The way to be
anxious about nothing
is to be prayerful
about everything.

D.A. Carson

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MATTHEW 11:28 NLT

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

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Rejoice always,
pray constantly,
give thanks
in everything
for this is God’s will for you
in Christ Jesus. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 CSB

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by Integrity Music Scripture Memory Songs

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by Joni Eareckson Tada at Christianity Today

Message: 45 Min

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by Britt Merrick

Article: 12 Min

Peace that Passes All Understanding

by Ed Welch at Ligonier Ministries

Quote

The more you
read Scripture,
the more you actually
talk to God
rather than think about fear.

Video: 8 Min
by Marian Jordan Ellis at Redeemed Girl Ministries

Verse
EPHESIANS 6:18 NLT

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

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by Brad Wetherell

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Matthew 6:31-33 ESV

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Quote

Humans are needy
by design.
Will we abandon the
myth of independence
and seek God?  

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You keep him
in perfect peace

whose mind
is stayed
on you,

because he trusts in you.

ISAIAH 26:3 ESV

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Perfect Peace

by Tauren Wells

70’s | 80’s | 90’s

Perfect Peace

by Integrity Music Scripture Memory Songs

Video: 2 Min

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

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‘You pray and make your requests made known unto God,
and God will do something.’
It is not your prayer that is going to do it,
it is not you who is going to do it, but God.
‘The peace of God that passeth all understanding’
—He, through it all—

‘will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.’

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Above all else,
guard your heart,
for everything
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Quote

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

by Joseph M. Scriven, 1855

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

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