24th April 2013

Freedom of Speech

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.”
Philippians 4:6 (NLT) 

We are not only free to pray at any time and in any place, but also on any subject. There is no area of life that cannot be taken to God in prayer, asking for his help, his blessing, his guidance or protection. 

In Hebrews chapter 4 and verse 16 (NIV), it says, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence… Strong’s concordance says of this word, ‘confidence,’ that it has the meaning, ‘freedom, openness, especially in speech; boldness, confidence’. In other words, we can boldly come before God’s throne with complete openness and total freedom of speech; confident that we will “…receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (verse 6) 

We can bring anything and everything to God in prayer. This means there is no issue so big that God cannot cope with it.  As it says in Genesis 18:14 (NIV), “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”  And Luke 1:37 (NKJV) tells us, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” 

And there is no issue so small that God doesn’t care about it.  In Matthew 10:30 (NIV) we find, “…even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” 

So whatever is on your mind – global terrorism, the crisis in the Middle East, or the fact that your washing machine has packed up – don’t worry. Bring it to Lord in prayer. As Joseph M. Scriven wrote in his hymn, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’:

“O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” 

Father, thank you that we can talk to you about absolutely anything. Help us to carry everything to you in prayer, confident that we will find a solace there.


barryrobinsonAbout the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:  barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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