Experiencing Christ

Being Anxious in Nothing

Phil. 4:6  In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
1 Pet. 5:7  Casting all your anxiety on Him because it matters to Him concerning you.

In verse 6 Paul goes on to say, “In nothing be anxious.” Often when we hear bad news, we worry and fall into anxiety. Anxiety undermines the living of Christ. Instead of being anxious, in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving we should make our requests known to God. Then the peace of God will guard our hearts and thoughts in Christ Jesus (v. 7). The peace of God saves us from worry and anxiety. Being free from anxiety is for the purpose of keeping us calm and tranquil.

The words “in everything” [v. 6] refer to the many different things which happen to us day by day. Under the Lord’s blessing, many positive things happen, and we hear good news. However, we also experience negative things and hear bad news. Nevertheless, in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, we should make our requests known to God. Prayer is general with the essence of worship and fellowship; petition is special for particular needs. Notice that Paul says “with thanksgiving,” not “and thanksgiving.” This indicates that both our prayer and petition should be accompanied by thanksgiving to the Lord.

The phrase “to God” may also be rendered “before God” or “in the presence of God.” The Greek preposition is pros, often translated “with.  It denotes motion towards, in the sense of a living union and communion, implying fellowship. We should let our requests be made known to God in such a fellowship, in such a union and communion. This requires that we pray to contact God. In our prayer to God there must be the essence of worship and fellowship, and also petitions for particular needs. Even if we do not have specific needs, we still need a time of prayer day by day to worship the Lord and have fellowship with Him. As we worship the Lord and have fellowship with Him in prayer, we enjoy communion with Him and practice the organic [life] union with Him.

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