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“If You Pray Don't Worry... If You Worry Why Pray”

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Sermon shared by Levi Wright

June 2007
Summary: The power of prayer will overcome all anxiety and worry if we only trust and believe the Lord’s promises.
Audience: Believer adults
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who were prideful, super-spiritual, and self-centered (Phil. 2:3-4; Phil. 3:12).

☞ They were facing some false teachers who had joined their fellowship, and the teachers were fierce in attacking the cross of Christ (Phil. 3:2-3, 18-19).

☞ Some of the believers were having to struggle for the necessities of life: food, clothing, and shelter (Phil. 4:19).

There was little else that could confront these dear believers.

☞ They were facing about every trial and temptation imaginable, the kind of trouble that arouses anxiety and worry.

Humanly, a person is going to fret, worry and suffer anxiety...

☞ when he is either about to lose or lacks food, clothing, or shelter.

☞ when he is persecuted, ridiculed, abused, or threatened.

☞ when he is surrounded by quarrels, disturbance, carnality, or false teaching.

In the midst of such circumstances, the only way a person can keep from worrying is to receive an injection of supernatural power. This is the very point that the Scripture makes.

There is an answer to worry and anxiety, a supernatural answer and it’s the peace of God.

“If You Pray Don’t Worry......... If You’re Going To Worry Why Pray”

When You Pray Don’t Worry.... God Will Give You Peace.....

☞ God will enable you to conquer worry and anxiety.

☞ God will overcome the trials in your life.... no matter how terrible and pressuring they may be.

☞ God will infuse you with peace —with the very peace of God Himself— a peace so great and so wonderful that it will carry you right through the trial.

Of course, this does not mean that you are not to be concerned about the problems of life.

☞ Concern drives us to arise and tackle the problems of life with an indomitable courage and diligence.

☞ Concern drives us to tackle and conquer all that we can handle.

Anxiety and worry cause all kinds of problems......

☞ fear to act... depression... discouragement...
distrust and unbelief..unwise and harmful decisions .... physical sickness and infirmities .... emotional problems..... spiritual backsliding

Just take a moment and think about a few of the problems that we worry about..... and how anxiety and worry cause a person to act and suffer.

We all know people who suffer greatly because of anxiety and worry; they simply lack the peace of God.

Yet, the Scripture declares...... to be anxious for nothing..... not even for a single thing.

✞“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles [unbelievers] seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:31-33).

✞“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
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