Today we are going to look at a universal problem among men and that is our tendency to worry. Some people are just natural-born worriers. They worry about everything. And if they don’t have any cares to worry about they find someone who has cares and they worry for them. But as true believers in Christ we are told not to worry.
Philippians 4:6 (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
The definition of worry is to torment oneself with cares and anxieties; to suffer from disturbing thoughts; to fret. But the Bible tells us Christians that we are not to worry like the world does. In our definition of the word worry we find that worrying causes us to suffer, to fret and to otherwise be unhappy. But guess what. Now that you are saved you have some benefits that the world does not have. You have a restored and positive relationship with God and you have Jesus interceding for you and saying good things about you. You have the Holy Ghost to help you and you have a host of saved people cheering for you. Worrying torments you but Jesus has brought you peace. The Bible tells us that God does not hear a sinner pray. The only prayer that He wants to hear from a sinner is the Prayer of Repentance. Some sinners would even try to game God. It is only when you become a worshipper of God that He will hear you. but for you, prayer is an important weapon in your arsenal against worry.
John 9:31 (KJV)
31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
But new Christians, you are no longer a sinner, for you have been translated out of the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Light. You have the powerful privilege of prayer. There are several key words in the Scripture that we read that I want us to take a look at: These words are
Let’s define each of these words and see how they relate to you as new Christians. The first word is prayer. Prayer is direct communication with God. Isn’t it awesome to know that little old you can talk directly to the God who made everything? He wants to talk to you. The Bible says that we ought to pray.
Luke 18:1 (KJV)
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint
So what is prayer? Some new Christians may think that you have to be sitting in some special position or that you must use some certain words, but that’s not the case. God wants to talk to you in your language. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray and He taught them using what we call “The Lord’s Prayer”. Let’s recite it together.
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Now let’s break it down so that we all understand what he is telling us in this pattern of prayer.
Our Father which art in heaven, recognizes God for who He is and where He is located. Satan is the god of this world but you are talking to The God of Everything.
Hallowed be thy name. Here you are honoring God and blessing his name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. This recognizes that God’s kingdom is coming to earth at the end of the Great Tribulation. God is coming to earth to live with men after he has overthrown Satan and all who are not found in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Rev 21:3. You’re saying just as all Heaven obeys your will, you want earth to do the same.
Give us this day our daily bread. Here you are saying I rely on You every day for my necessary food and drink. I know you to be the source of all my provisions and I know I can trust you to feed me.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Here you are saying, “Forgive me for all of my sins based on how I have forgiven others”. You forgive so that you can be forgiven.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Don’t let me fall into any situation that’s going to mess up my relationship with You Lord; protect me from all evil, even those that I might cause myself.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. For You control everything, including all that is, including all powers, and therefore all glory belongs to you.
Amen. That settles it.
The second word in our list from Philippians 4:6 is supplication.
A prayer of supplication is an earnest, humble petition or request. While the Scripture tells us that we can come boldly to the throne of grace, we have to recognize who God is and humble ourselves before Him. We don’t come demanding or trying to make Him do anything, we simply ask of Him based on what He has already told us. For example, He tells us that He will provide for us just as He provides for the lilies of the field and little birds.
Luke 12:22-32 (KJV)
22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
The third word in our list is thanksgiving. The late Apostle Lobias Murray often taught us that we can get more out of God by praising Him that by begging Him. Let God know that you are grateful for the things that He has already done. Remembering His past blessings to you will also help you to receive what you are asking for. If He did it once, He’ll do it again. Have a thankful spirit before God. He loves that.
And our final word in the list is requests which means to express a desire for or to simply ask for. When we are asking God for those things that we need (and yes, some of our desires) we must remember that we are not to ask amiss.
James 4:2-3 (KJV)
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Also, remember to pray for the needs of others rather than always crying out for your own needs or, as I have heard others say…for my four and no more.
And before I close this discussion I want to remind all of the new converts that have not received the baptism of the Holy Ghost to ask for it. God will give it to you. Luke 11: 9-13 says:
Luke 11:9-13 (KJV)
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?