Posts Tagged ‘Prayer


Praying For Yourself

We worry about so many things, don’t we? We worry about our health, our finances, our kids and our stuff. We worry about the past, the present and the future. We worry about our jobs, our security and our retirements. Where does all of this worry get us? Nowhere. Paul told the Philippians to stop worrying and instead pray. Here’s what he wrote:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

We are to pray about EVERY situation that we are going through. We need to pray with thanksgiving about our lives. Whatever request we have, we should take it to the Lord in prayer. Our Heavenly Father will not turn us away. He won’t accuse us of being selfish when we pray for ourselves. Be thankful for what you have and ask God for what you need. He’s listening and He cares for you. So don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything.

If We Think Differently

In the church, we are to do our best to get along and be united in Jesus. This is not always possible because of our varied backgrounds and sinful nature. We may think differently on things from time to time, but should always strive for unity. When we do disagree, we need to pray with and for one another that we would maturely come to a united mindset. Paul said as much when he wrote:

All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. – Philippians 3:15-16 (NIV)

God desires unity in His church. If we think differently on things, we should seek the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. While we will not attain perfection or even perfect unity in this broken world, we have to trust that God is leading us to that place. Let’s turn to Him to guide us into Truth through prayer and the study of His Word.

Trusting God’s Grace Even If He Says No

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.


A Prayer For Love

Paul told the Philippians that he was thankful to God for them and their generosity toward his ministry. Then, he told them about a specific prayer he was praying for them. He wrote:

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. – Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)

This is the kind of prayer we should be praying in the church today. Jesus said that the world would know that we belong to Him by the love we have for one another. We need an abundance of love for each other. We need our love to grow because love changes lives. Jesus works through the love of His people for one another to change the world. Pray today for your church that God would increase the love so that people will know that Jesus is real and we belong to Him.

Thankful In Prayer

Who are the people in your life that you are most thankful for? Why are you thankful for them? Did they make an impression on you? Did they pour themselves into you? Did they teach you some important truth? Did they give of themselves to you? Think about the person who has had the most influence in your life for the past few years or so. The apostle Paul had a group of people for whom he was especially thankful. He wrote:

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  3 I thank my God every time I remember you.

​ – Philippians 1:1-3 (NIV)​
When we look back and think about those people who have left an indelible mark in our lives, we should remember to thank God for them. God brought them into our lives, even if only for a season, to help us or point us in the right direction. Take a moment today to thank the Lord for that person who comes to mind.

The Spirit Helps Us Pray

Do you ever have trouble praying? When you’re not sure how to pray or what to say, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit helps us pray. In our human weakness, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Paul said:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. – Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)

We’re told how to pray throughout Scripture, but prayer can be hard. Aligning our wills with the will of God in prayer is even harder. That’s where the Holy Spirit helps us pray. God wants to hear from His children, but like children, we usually don’t understand the bigger picture. God’s Spirit sees that bigger picture and brings our prayers into alignment with God’s will and teaches us how to see the picture better throughout our lives. Keep praying, “Thy will be done” and know that God will always do what is best.

So You Can Pray

As followers of Jesus, we need to remember that Jesus will return someday and it could be soon. Peter told his readers that the end was coming. Since Jesus was coming back, they needed to be sober minded and alert. Peter wrote:

The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. – 1 Peter 4:7 (NIV)

We have to be aware and alert of what is going on around us so that we can pray. We cannot be given over to drunkenness or substances that will dull our senses. We need to have sober minds. We need to be alert to the schemes and activities of the enemy. He is still seeking to destroy the church. We need to be watchful and faithful in prayer. Prayer offered in faith can move mountains. Don’t ever give up on prayer! If you’re not praying, start! If you are praying, keep praying. God hears and answers our prayers according to His will. Be sober minded so you can understand and discern His will better. After you have prayed, pray some more because after all, the end is near.

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