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Don’t Worry, Be Praying

Philippians 4:6

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving

let your requests be made known unto God.:


You might remember song from decades ago that told us “Don’t worry, be happy”. It was quite a hit back then and it was a lot of fun to sing. The beauty of that song is there’s a lot of truth to it. Philippians 4 6 it’s a reminder to us that God has things in control.

The first thing Paul says is to be careful for nothing.  That word careful can literally mean full of care. It can also mean don’t worry. I want to take you back to Matthew chapter 6 during The Sermon on the Mount. Jesus tells his disciples to consider the lilies of the field.  They don’t work but they’re clothed. Or consider the birds flying in the air. They don’t work but they’re fed. Our heavenly Father loves us a lot more than He loves them. And what does Jesus tell us to do?  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you (Matt 6:33).

Then he goes on to say we should take no thought for tomorrow. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  Again, Jesus is telling us not to worry about what’s coming tomorrow. Now that doesn’t mean we should hide our head in the sand and not plan for a future. All of us have schedules to keep, and God expects us to be faithful to those things we are committed to, like work, kids events, church, etc.  We have to plan our days accordingly.  What Jesus means is that we need to concentrate on today and serving God today and fulfilling the Great Commission today. We’re not sure whether we’ll even be alive tomorrow.

One of my favorite authors is a man named Fenelon. One of my all-time favorite quotes of his is “Don’t insult today by looking for a better tomorrow”. Fenelon rights over and over again about the fact that we have only been given enough grace for today, for this very moment. We cannot possibly know what situations we will get into tomorrow, but when we do God will give us the grace to make it through. There is absolutely no reason to worry my friends.

After all that he tells us that we should take everything to the Lord in prayer. If we’re in a position where we might worry that’s a great time to pray.  Not just pray “Lord save me from this situation” but pray and give thanks that God is going to deliver you. We see this over and over again in the Psalms. David is talking to the Lord about his enemies being close at hand or overcoming him and then in the very next sentence he’s giving the Lord thanks and praise for delivering his for him from his enemies. This is the attitude we need to have every day.

David also says we should take everything to the Lord in Prayer by supplications. Supplication is a stronger word than prayer. It’s almost like begging but it’s in a humble fashion. A person who gives supplications feels unworthy to do so but they need an answer.  So they continue asking until the answer comes. They are not so high and mighty that they think they deserve one, they just know that the person they are asking is faithful.

The umbrella of Thanksgiving over all of our requests is huge. Not only giving thanks for the answer but giving thanks for the to the one who provides the answer. We should be in a continual attitude of praise to our Heavenly Father as we go before Him with our requests. Never take his Mercy for granted.

We Must Be Merciful

Philippians 2:1

” If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,.

Having outlined the need to continue preaching the gospel in chapter 1, Paul now turns His attention to the reaction we should have once we have heard the gospel and accepted Christ.   We have to keep in mind that these Philippian converts were coming out of Hinduism and Buddhism for the most part, so they have to be taught what is now expected from a Christian point of view.


I remember when I first got saved.  I had traveled to my friend’s house in Iowa on vacation, and got saved the last day I was there.  Driving the 1,500 miles home was quite a trip – but not much different for me.  I still drank and smoked weed all the way home.  I knew something had happened to me that night before I left – I felt it.  But I did not know how or when I was supposed to change.  When I got home, I started watching the 700 club, and learned I was supposed to read my bible, so I did.  I knew I was supposed to go back to church, so I did.  Long haired hippie sitting on the back pew – many knew who I was because I went back to the church I grew up in.  Many people came up and greeted me, and it felt good.  I had been an outcast for years, and now people were shaking my hand.

Changes came slowly, but they came.  I became tamer, even though the drugs and drinking remained.  2 years later, God picked me up and moved me to Iowa to get married, leaving behind the bad stuff.

The thing is, there is consolation in Christ.  He walks with us and sees us through the difficult areas in our lives, wanting us to change, but knowing it has to come in pieces.  Some people are fortunate, and all that old baggage goes away at once.  But most have to shed these things a little bit at a time.  And Cist is there to console us, either Himself or through other believers.

And there is comfort of love.  While I was gaining in my Christian walk, the love those people showed me as single guy was amazing.   They really made me feel I was a part of the church, and welcomed me into some activities that were usually just for married folks.  It was a great comfort to me, and kept me wanting more of this Christianity.

There is fellowship of the spirit.  You can feel it anytime you run into another believer.  There seems to be a bond right away, and the conversation can get started easily.  Even as a new Christian, I could sense that Spirit n people.  And the mercy they showed me from the depth of their hearts was amazing.  They knew my past.  I was pretty well known around town as a trouble maker and druggie.  My mom had been the secretary of that church for years, and they knew what had happened to me.  I was the bad egg, yet they showed me mercy and accepted me back without question.

I am forever indebted to the First Congregational Church of West Boylston, Mass for their love and support those 2 years.  It was their love that has me where I am today – still serving Christ.


Lord, help me not to judge any new convert in Christ, but to love them as my church loved me.  I was far from perfect, and God had a lot of work to do with me.  But they took me in and loved me and showed me mercy, and that kept me going for you.  Help me display that same kind of love to those I might come in contact with who are just starting to walk with you.