Be Anxious for Nothing-Pray
Minister, Pastor, Theologian J. Vernon McGee has some great commentary on Philippians 4:6. I will be quoting his statements and making my own comments.
Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.Philippians 4:6
“Nothing is nothing, and you are to worry about nothing. Does this mean we are to look at life through rose-colored glasses, that we are not to face reality? Are we to believe that sin is not real, that sickness is not real, that problems are not real? Are we to ignore these things? No. Paul says that we are to worry about nothing because we are to pray about everything.”J. vernon McGee
Nothing is absolutely nothing. How many of us what to say “Yeah, but.” or “How about…”. Instead of being anxious or worrying we are to pray about everything. Everything is everything-all things.
“This means that we are to talk to the Lord about everything in our lives. Nothing should be left out. Some years ago a woman came to Dr. G. Campbell Morgan with this question, ‘Dr. Morgan, do you think we should pray about the little things in our lives?’ Dr. Morgan said, ‘Madam, can you mention anything in your life that is big to God?’ When we say that we take our big problems to God, what do we mean? They are all little stuff to Him. And what we call little He wants us to bring to Him also. As believers we need to get in the habit of bringing everything to Him in prayer—nothing excluded.”J. Vernon McGee
A great point. Everything circumstance, situation, problem that is in our lives is a little thing in God’s eyes in the sense that nothing is unsurmountable for God.
“Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you to conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability. Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself as to others.”
“If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. You will never exhaust the subject. It is continually being renewed. People who have no secrets from each other never lack conversation. They do not weigh their words, for there is nothing to be held back; neither do they seek for something to say. They talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration, just what they think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God.J. Vernon McGee
Most of us only have a few friends like the one McGee describes. In fact there are many people who do not have a single friend like McGee describes. That is probably why it is hard for many of us to go to God like he describes. But maybe we should see that as the reason why we should relate to God like McGee describes, because we all need a friend like this in our life. Whom better than our Heavenly Father, Savior Jesus, empowering Holy Spirit. If we allow our Triune God to be our best friend and go to Him regarding EVERYTHING IN OUR LIFE, we certainly will find ourselves not being anxious or worrying about anything. We will certainly be a thankful person.