How Things Work
My Dear Church Family,
One of my greatest desires for us as a church family is that we grow in our dependence upon the Lord as evidenced by our growth in praying together and individually, for I am convinced that is foundational to a healthy, vibrant, disciple-making church and healthy, vibrant, disciple-making people.
In that regard, I want to share with you what I read recently in one of the devotionals I use (Saving Grace: Daily Devotions from Jack Miller), that it might edify you as it did me. The text is a comment on Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Paul is giving us a vision of how things work and how thing don’t. They do not work by worry or strife or personal ambition. They do not work by being right and judging people. Rather, they work by praying. We are part of a kingdom of grace. If you don’t pray, you don’t understand how grace works and you don’t understand how the kingdom works. Prayer is how you breath. In prayer, we claim the promises of God; the central promise is the gift of the Spirit who brings life to the church.
Often, our prayers are too general and we never see the answers we desire. Bring to God as specific requests the things you worry about. Draw near to God with reverence and awe, and out of that ask him for particular things that will contribute to your holiness, to the holiness of the church, and the salvation of others. And then thank God for answers. When you remember all the things you have to give thanks to God for and you give thanks to him, your fears and anxieties tend to drop away. In thanksgiving, you deal with the reality of the kingdom, and the result of that is the gift of peace.
For Christ and His Kingdom,
Pastor Rich Good