“Don’t be anxious” = don’t worry!
“In everything prayer” = pray about everything!
“Supplication” = tell God what you need!
“Thanksgiving” = thank God for your blessings!
“Be made known to God” = share your feelings with God!
Then what will happen? Verse 7 says, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (NLT).
Do you want to experience peace? Do you want God to guard your hearts and mind? Then you need to do what Paul says to do in verse 6! Basically, he says to pray about EVERYTHING!
But when we hear that, we think, does he really mean everything?
I knew a guy who told me that he didn’t want to pray for himself because he didn’t want to burden God with his insignificant problems (he said this even when his problems were not insignificant to most). He said he felt greedy or selfish when he prayed for himself. Do you feel that way sometimes?
Let’s think of it a different way. Think of your best friend or maybe your spouse or child. What’s the longest you have gone without speaking to them? Hopefully, not too long, right? Why is that? Because we need to communicate and share with the people we love. Our words and presence build the relationship. Without communication and presence, how can the relationship grow?
In order to grow and nurture a relationship, presence and communication are required. We can see it in our human relationships, and it’s the same for our relationship with God. God WANTS us to communicate with him. God WANTS to spend time with us in prayer and worship. And he WANTS us to share with him what’s going on in our hearts. If it’s important enough for us to worry about or even think about, then it’s important enough to share with God.
Prayer is not about giving God a magic wish list; it’s about building an authentic relationship with our Father.