One of the games children play with each other is to compare their dads. “My daddy can do anything!” “He can beat your dad!” “My dad can jump from the roof of the house down” – and so on. Child sociologists say the children are not playing, but that they really believe these things.
Paul must have played this game, too. Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.
A young single mom with 4 children was between jobs. She was not able to pay her $900 rent, so she gathered her children around the kitchen table to pray. She said, “Lord, you have an unpaid $900 rent bill due. Thank you, Lord, for hearing me. Amen.” One child asked, “Will this prayer help?” The mom replied, “My heavenly dad can do anything!” Within 24 hours a couple across the street heard about the need and paid the $900 rent bill. God answered the prayer.
We have to train our minds to focus on the greatness of our God. Our perspective will change from worry to peace. Roman’s 8:28 all things work together for good. (God is in charge and at work). When we see God as to who He is, it is easy to submit to His will, as our Lord did before his Crucifixion.
Today Paul is teaching us a radical peace plan.
- Praise the Lord when in trouble.
- Thank the Lord when facing trials.
- Pray about everything.
This will help guard your heart.
YES, MY DAD CAN DO ANYTHING! HOW ABOUT YOUR DAD?
Bill Badal is Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist. He was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to the United States as a teenager.