After reading PHILIPPIANS 4:4-6, Paul’s final encouragement to the church at Philippi, His three sets of instructions stuck out to me:
The more you learn to rejoice in all your circumstances, the more likely you are to be reasonable and gentle in the situations you find yourself in. I know that’s easier said than done, but Paul tells us exactly HOW to do this in verse 6, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, pray to God.” When we focus and dwell on our own problems, we are telling God that we think we can handle it. Worrying about the situations in our lives does us no good. So, when you are concerned about a college application- pray. When you get into a fight with your sibling- pray. When life is going great- pray. No matter what the situation is, pray. When you learn to rejoice through trials, you are not only experiencing spiritual growth in your own life, but you are also showing the world around you that no matter the circumstance you continuously find your joy in Christ.
We pray because our own solutions don't work, & because prayer deploys, activates, & fortifies us against the attacks of the enemy. - Priscilla Shirer