Teach Us to Pray (Phil. 4:4-7)

Anxiety might be the word to describe our current culture. From a back and forth political scene nationally to an uncertain economic climate locally, we all , in some way, feel the chaos anxiety plants, cultivates, and grows in our communal and individual lives. The Apostle Paul is no stranger to anxiety. When he wrote his letter to the Philippian church, he was in jail being railroaded by his political opponents of the day. In the middle of deep chaos, his foot touches bottom and finds there’s something to stand on – joy through the practice of prayer. Regular prayer helps us find a footing in chaotic and anxiety-laced waters. It doesn’t remove the chaos (Paul still remained in prison and eventually died in the prison system), but it does provide an anchor (what Paul calls peace) to hold us more steady while things swirl around us. As you pray today, remember Paul’s words:

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

About the Author
Isaac Gaff is the Managing Director of Worship and Creative Arts at Calvary UMC