Summary: To beat anxiety, Paul gives us three things that we must do. Prayer is only the first.
I. Intro: Paul Knew Anxiety
Acts22: 22 ff Speaks to the crowds at the end they shout “Rid the earth of him, he’s not fit to live.”
Later a Roman centurion prepares to flog him, just for causing a ruckus. Only when Paul tells him of his citizenship is he spared.
“The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. More than 40 men were involved in this plot” Acts 23:12-13 (quickview)
The Roman guards had to whisk him away through the night to Caesarea to save his life.
On the way experiences a dreadful storm, the ship is destroyed. The passengers are saved only by Pauls prayers and by holding on to planks and pieces of wood. Washed ashore on Malta, he is bitten by a poisonious snake,treated like a god by the natives and finally, after spending the winter there, arrives in Rome.
TRANSITION: DO YOU THINK PAUL HAD THINGS HAPPEN IN HIS LIFE THAT HE COULD BE ANXIOUS ABOUT?
LISTEN TO HOW HE DESCRIBES HIS EXPERIENCES 2 COR. 11:24-29
PAUL KNEW ANXIETY. HE SPEAKS NOT AS ONE FAR REMOVED FROM CIRCUMSTANCES WE FACE, IT ONE WHO FACED MORE THAN MOST OF US COULD POSSIBLY IMAGINE. FROM THAT VANTAGE POINT, HE SAYS,
II. Don’t be Anxious, PRAY Phillipians 4:6
Let’s examine the words Paul uses to describe the prayer he’s talking about.
Mr 9:29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
When faced with evil and the demonic, don’t be anxious, pray.
Lu 6:12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray; and all night he continued in prayer to God.
When faced with important, life changing decisions, don’t be anxious, pray.
Ac 10:31 saying, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.
When family members. perhaps even you yourself are sick and you desperately need a touch from God, don’t be anxious, pray.
Often the severe need is highlighted with this word, sometimes implies great passion and emotion.
Lu 1:13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
Ro 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.
When trouble comes, don’t be anxious, pray. Pray with feeling, pray with passion, pray with perseverence, but pray.
Col 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
1Th 5:18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
How? Look for the hand of God in the circumstances. Give thanks In all circunstances, not for all circumstances