Philippians 4:6: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
The more we dwell on the negative circumstances problems that surround us, the bigger the problems become to us. The more we are anxious, mulling over anything that goes wrong, the more anxious we become. Anxiety and worry wear us out. They burn us out spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
“Be careful for nothing” means we should not be anxious about anything. Don’t fret about anything. The NCV translation says: “Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, ALWAYS GIVING THANKS.”
Worries and cares are part of the devil’s weaponry to defeat us. We need to wake up to the root cause of all our anxieties.
“Be careful for nothing” is not an exhortation that is impossible to apply to our lives Multitudes in this great and free country are bound with worries and anxieties, even in the Christian church. Living in a free country does not exempt us from worrying about all sorts of things. Instead of prayer and supplications, coupled with thanksgiving, many take anti-depressant drugs or stifle their problems with alcohol.
The more we worry, the more we magnify the problem, resulting in our becoming exhausted and defeated. The devil claps his hands and jumps for joy to see us miserable and defeated. The more we dwell on anxiety the more we magnify the devil.
Conversely, the more we pray and supplicate, coupled with the most important ingredient of thanksgiving, the more we magnify the Lord. Faith is released. We understand that God is on our side and He is much bigger and greater than our problems, whatever they may be.
The great question is: will we be foolish enough to magnify the devil’s attacks and strategies, or will we instead magnify God by turning each problem over to Him.
The greater the problems, the greater we should pray and intercede. The greater the problems, the greater we should worship, thank, and bless our great God.
We have not grown up into maturity as a church unless we put this principle into action in our own lives and in the lives of our families and friends.