September 19, Reading 3 – Philippians 4:2-23

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SAA Notes

Finally, Paul deals with Eudoia and Syntyche directly. He doesn’t berate, but pleads. He also asks a third person to help these two prominent women. What does Paul want? What is one point of comfort or strength you find in this passage?

SJA Notes

In 1 Peter 5, Peter encourages us in the continual action of casting our anxieties on the Lord – BECAUSE He cares for us.

Here Paul layers over that,

“… Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

How do we cast our cares and worries, our concerns, the anxious thoughts of our heart – How do we cast them on our Lord?

With prayer!

And notice the attitude of prayer, “with thanksgiving”.

A wonderful antidote that God gives us when we come to Him with our cares is thankfulness.

Let’s be encouraged to work hard to be thankful in our prayers as we wrestle with our cares.

* Father God,

Thank You for Jesus, through whom You saved us from hell.

Thank You for loving us, caring for us. Thank You that You do take our cares as we cast them on You.

Thank You that as we come to You in prayer, with thanksgiving, we have the promise of Your peace that passes all understanding.

Please continue to work Your peace in us, sometimes lots and sometimes little.

Amen.

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