Philippians 4:6-7 KJV
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
What a wonderful portion of scripture this is.
It tells us to substitute prayer for care.
Lets look at some different translations of ‘ be careful for nothing’
The Amplified Bible says…‘do not fret or have any anxiety about anything’
The Phillips translation says…‘don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything’
This word ‘careful’ is a Greek word ‘merimnao’ which means to be distracted, troubled, anxious, fretful, or to be worried about something.
In New Testament times, this word was used primarily in connection with worry about finances, hunger, or some other basic provision of life. It pictures a person who is anxious about paying his bills, worried he wont have enough money to pay the bond or buy food for his family. This word is connected to worry about things pertaining to this earthly life.
The language of prayer began in Genesis 4:26 with this statement, “men began to call on the name of the Lord.”
Why not call upon the Lord? Because of the fact that God and His name are one mighty force. God Adonai is the mighty creator, whilst YHWH is the generally unpronounceable name of God, who under Hebraic culture made it so out of respect. Wherever the two words stand together in the Old Testament, it is a compound name of God rendered Sovereign LORD, or “the Lord, the Lord Almighty.” Thus we have the two words ‘Lord’ in lower case, and ‘LORD’ capitalised to draw this distinction. Unfortunately their understanding of a personal and Almighty God was somewhat tainted. He had promised to be near.
Deuteronomy 4:7 [NIV]
“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”
Romans 10:12 [NIV]
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, in whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of Him.
1 Timothy 4:6-8 “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
1 Corinthians 14:14 “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.”
A different translation of this scripture says that if I pray in my unknown, it is unknown to my natural man, I do not know what I am saying but the real me prays! Hallelujah!! I want the real me praying more than the natural me.
1 Timothy 4:6-8 says, “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
In this portion of Scripture, the Word is telling us that there are 3 important things. The first thing, in verse 6, is “words of faith” or living by faith, or as the Message translation says, the “Message of faith”. The second thing is “good teaching” or a strong belief system, or as the Message Bible puts it, “following sound teaching”. Thirdly, “exercise thyself rather unto godliness”. Exercise yourself in the God-life! Practice the God-life – the divine life, the spirit life. God wants your human spirit, the inner life, to be exercised. “Train yourself to be godly” (NIV). “Exercise daily in God – no spiritual flabbiness, please!” (Message).
Verse 8 shows us that exercising yourself unto godliness is profitable unto ALL things. Training you to be godly, exercising daily in God, HAS PROFIT UNTO ALL THINGS. It promises a good life here on earth and for the life that is to come. This is enough information for me to want to train myself in godliness. The simplest definition of godliness is “God-like-ness”. I want to train myself in God-like-ness.
Prayer for all men
1 Timothy 2: 1-4 “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God or Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”