26th September 2019

Be Anxious For Nothing

“Be Anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”
Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

TV must have been particularly boring that evening because I found myself idly thumbing through the Oxford English Dictionary. Sad isn’t it? Anyway I happened on the word ‘precarious,’ meaning ‘uncertain,’ and was surprised to discover that it derived from the Latin word ‘precarii,’ meaning prayer. Prayer – precarious? Really? Well I suppose if you were a Latin-speaking Roman 2000 years ago praying to Apollo or Bacchus the chance of receiving a helpful answer would be uncertain to say the least!

As a Christian I’ve received some remarkable answers to prayer over the years, but more often prayers have been met with an apparent silence. Why? I’ve prayed with feeling and sometimes tears to a Father who loves me and promises to listen. Yet these heartfelt prayers appear to have gone unanswered. Is prayer even for a Christian, precarious? Some prayers seem to receive answers and others don’t. Is it a lottery? Just today I met a lady who has had a remarkable healing. I could do with that and it hasn’t happened! Is God playing favourites?

One thing we can be sure of—if we are in Christ, God says we are righteous, and Proverbs 15:29 says “He hears the prayer of the righteous.” Even when we’re perplexed and don’t know what to ask, the Spirit makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26). We know for sure that the Father hears the Spirit. So we know we’re heard by a loving Father, and if our prayer is followed by silence we can be sure it’s not because prayer is precarious! Our Father has heard and if the answer is ‘not yet’ or ‘no,’ it’s ‘no’ with a fond smile. It’s God’s best and most loving answer even though we may be disappointed and perplexed. It’s hard to take when we are suffering or anxious and our prayers are followed by silence, but our Father is surely thrilled when we continue to trust Him in that and every circumstance. God has heard and, in His time and His way, the answer will come. Prayer is not precarious!

Prayer
Father, we trust you, knowing you care deeply for each of us and watch over us. We know every decision you make, whether it’s a ‘yes’ or a ‘no,’ is your best for us. Thank You.
Amen

Study by Doug Bass
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About the Author:
Doug Bass is a member of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Coulsdon
Coulsdon Community Church
Coulsdon Community Centre
Barrie Close
Chipstead Valley Road
COULSDON
CR5 3BE

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
Brian Smith
Phone: 01243-699812
Email: coulsdon@gracecom.church

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