Pray about everything.
by Patrick G Howard
Philippians 4:6 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
Many times, when people read this verse they think about how difficult their life is. Everybody experiences difficulties from time to time – money, relationships, career, health, addiction. Every life experiences rough times, which makes giving thanks difficult.
Think about it.
When you lose your job … your marriage sours … a loved one dies … our first reaction is often to complain or feel sorry for ourselves. STOP IT!
You may think you have it bad, but Paul had it worse. This verse is an excerpt from Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. He wrote this letter to help them deal with specific, very real issues. He also wrote this letter from his prison cell while he was awaiting trial by the Romans.
Paul had every right to be angry and bitter, but instead his reaction was to pray. Instead of dwelling on his current situation and feeling sorry for himself, he demonstrated how all Christians should react when faced with adversity – with joy and thanksgiving.
I think we all agree that we SHOULD always exhibit joy and thanksgiving, but you may wonder HOW we can do it. After all, Paul didn’t have much to do in his jail cell except write letters and pray, but we lead very busy lives. It’s not practical to stop your car and pull to the side of the road to pray when somebody cuts you off on the freeway. When your presentation starts going the wrong way, you can’t always just stop and pray. When the school calls with a problem, our first reaction is not to pray, but to jump in and deal with it.
Why do you suppose that is?
Of course, it’s not always practical, or even possible to stop everything, find a quiet place and pray. (Sometimes it is, though.) I think God understands that. However, there is a way to pray, even if you’re busy. Even if you’re in a room full of people. Even if you simply don’t have the time. You can always say a whisper prayer.
If you have never heard this term before, a whisper prayer is a short sentence or phrase that can be said quietly or to yourself. I know of one person that has a simple one-word whisper prayer – Jesus.
Many people write theirs on a Post-It note and stick it on their computer monitor … car dashboard … coffee maker … anywhere they are likely to see it often. I placed mine on the bathroom mirror, so I can start the day with my whisper prayer. It says, “God is with me and for me right now.”
If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to write a whisper prayer TODAY and use it every time prayer is appropriate – always.