Praying from a Place of Rejoicing

When we pray, we should be praying from a place of rejoicing because we need to know that in every situation we have peace and we have God. And He takes care of all of our needs.

Philippians 4:4-7

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

What Are Our Priorities?

What does the Bible tell us about our needs and wants? So why are we praying for our needs and wants when we pray? Why don’t we pray for the will of God instead?

Philippians 4:19

19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Exodus 14:14

14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Luke 11:9-10

9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 6:11

11

Give us this day our daily bread,

Psalm 127:3

3

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.

Luke 12:22-26

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Leave the Ninety-Nine

Matthew 18:12-14

12 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! 14 In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.

Leave the Ninety-Nine

Altar of Broken Stones

Exodus 20:25

25 If you make an altar of stone for me, do not build it out of cut stones, because when you use a chisel on stones, you make them unfit for my use.

The Stones Will Cry Out

Luke 19:40

40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

Great Privilege and Great Responsibility

As Christians, we have both a great privilege and a great responsibility. The biblical meaning of grace is “unmerited favor,” and Paul and the apostles received forgiveness as an undeserved privilege, but they also received the responsibility to share the message of God’s forgiveness with others. God also graciously forgives our sins when we believe in Him as Lord. In doing this, we are committing ourselves to begin a new life. Paul’s new life also involved a God-given responsibility—to witness about God’s Good News to the world as a missionary. God may or may not call you to be an overseas missionary, but He does call all believers to witness to and be an example of the changed life that Jesus Christ has begun in us.

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As Christians, we have both a great privilege and a great responsibility. The biblical meaning of grace is "unmerited favor," and Paul and the apostles received forgiveness as an undeserved privilege, but they also received the responsibility to share the message of God's forgiveness with others. God also graciously forgives our sins when we believe in Him as Lord. In doing this, we are committing ourselves to begin a new life. Paul's new life also involved a God-given responsibility—to witness about God's Good News to the world as a missionary. God may or may not call you to be an overseas missionary, but He does call all believers to witness to and be an example of the changed life that Jesus Christ has begun in us. #God #Jesus #Christ #grace #ForgivenessOfSin #ANewLifeInChrist

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