Dec. 14, 2020

What Does Philippians 4:6 Mean? Part 2

What Does Philippians 4:6 Mean? Part 2

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

Did you know that God gives you 4 specific things to do when you feel anxious?  Listen in to today's 2-minute Bible podcast to hear these 4 things explained as we dig deeper into the original Greek language.


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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

In our last episode, we began exploring the universal crisis of anxiety that Paul addresses in Philippians chapter 4 verses 6 and 7.  We learned that the word “anxiety” in the original Greek language literally means “to divide the mind.” The Apostle Paul gives the prescription for anxiety when he commands us to not worry about any single thing. Now, I don’t know about you, but as someone who has dealt with panic attacks in the past, this command is easier said than done. 

So, let’s keep exploring verse 6 because God’s solution to anxiety can literally set us free IF we will do as it says. So, Philippians chapter 4 verse 6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

So, Paul’s solution for anxiety includes four things. First, prayer. In the original Greek language, the word for prayer is often translated as worship. Remember when Christ taught the disciples to pray, he began with, “Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed by your name.” That’s worship. What’s this doing? It’s taking the focus off you and onto something SO much bigger than your problem. It’s causing you to focus on God’s greatness. On God’s glory. 

Second, Paul says to go to God with your petitions. The word petition represents a specific, emotional often urgent request in which you are deeply and personally involved.

Third, Paul says to thank God. Thank God for His past blessings and answers. Thank Him for what He’s going to do. Thank Him for what He’s going to teach you through this trial. Did you know that God sends trials to teach and mature you? James chapter one dives deep into that. I’ll leave links in the show notes to past podcasts to learn more about that. 

And finally, Paul says to make your requests known to God. What are you asking God to do? Asking God for something reveals a humble spirit within you as you express your dependence upon God.  

So, your Simple Truth for today: God says do not be anxious about anything, but instead come to him in worship and prayer with your requests and a thankful heart. And the good news is that all of this comes with a promise. Join in tomorrow to learn more. 

Have a blessed day. I’ll see you soon.