Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div. - Visionary Strategist  Faithful Innovator  Inspirational Essayist
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

To Ignore or To Invest? That is the Question… #MyVisionFast
A Brief Thought on Prosperity… #MyVisionFast
Get Ready. Get Set. Now Wait. #MyVisionFast
Objection, Your Honor! #MyVisionFast
The World is Starving! #MyVisionFast

Most Popular Posts

Joyful Gyrations! Make Some NOISE!!! - Psalm 100:1
THANK YOU BlogFam! PRE-Birthday Celebration Post - Col. 3:17
Lord, I Pray that YOU Remember me! - Isaiah 38


2012 End of Year Reflections
40 Days of Fasting
A NEW DAY!!! 8-1-2012
A Proverb A Day Keeps the Foolishness At Bay
AFTER He Rose!
Best Practices
COPYRIGHT - Permissions Policy
Cover Up!
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
Disciples Dos and Don'ts
GET A CLUE...About Me
Holy Ambition
HOME is Where YOUR Heart Is
Isaiah Reflections
John 3
REST. Period.
Romans 1
Saying Goodbye
Starting Over Starting Fresh
The EIGHTH Day 2
The Good Samaritan
The Living Room Christian Fellowship
The Prayer Bridge
Things We Left On the Mountain!
Wholesome Habits of Healthy Disciples
WWJD = What Would JUSTICE Do?


January 2020
June 2019
May 2019
October 2018
January 2018
August 2017
May 2017
April 2017
January 2017
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
January 2014
October 2013
August 2013
July 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011

powered by

Salvation and Stilettos Blog

Chill Out...And PRAY!!! - Philippians 4:6-7

Chill Out... And PRAY!!!
Philippians 4:6-7
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.

Click Logo to LISTEN NOW!

BlogFam, as close as I may be to my family and some of my friends, there is no one who knows me better than the one who created me.  There is no one who knows more about my passions, my thoughts, my secrets, my desires, my hopes, my dreams, my mistakes, my insecurities, my worries, my concerns, my victories, my accomplishments than my eternal Creator. When I say I tell God EVERYTHING, I mean it.  I really do talk to God about every little and big thing going on in my life.  Now some of you might think that is way too much to pester the throne of grace about but that is your personal opinion and I respectfully and totally disagree.  I figure if God cares enough to count the number of hairs on my head, a detail that just seems so inconsequential – unless, of course, you are balding – well, I just figure if God cares to know that, God must care about every other detail in my life and so I tell God about EVERYTHING!  I do not have anyone in my life who knows me in a more intimate way.  A few think they have clues and that is what they have – clues based on the conversations I might choose to have or not have with them - but there is no one in this earth that I talk to like I talk to God! 

I agree and take very seriously the lyrics of Joseph Scriven in the 1800s when he penned the words -  
      What a friend we have in Jesus,
        all our sins and griefs to bear!
        What a privilege to carry
        everything to God in prayer!
        O what peace we often forfeit,
        O what needless pain we bear,
        all because we do not carry
        everything to God in prayer.
      Have we trials and temptations?
        Is there trouble anywhere?
        We should never be discouraged;
        take it to the Lord in prayer.
        Can we find a friend so faithful
        who will all our sorrows share?
        Jesus knows our every weakness;
        take it to the Lord in prayer.
      Are we weak and heavy laden,
        cumbered with a load of care?
        Precious Savior, still our refuge;
        take it to the Lord in prayer.
        Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
        Take it to the Lord in prayer!
        In his arms he'll take and shield thee;
        thou wilt find a solace there.
I have often jokingly made the comment that I refuse to have bags under my eyes in reference to the stresses of life.  In other words, I am very intentional in taking everything to the Lord in prayer and there is really no point in me losing sleep if I trust that God has everything under control!  There are some answers that I do not have.  There are some problems that I cannot solve.  There are some worries that I just may not overcome.  But when I give it all to God, when I lay it all on the altar, when I take refuge in the Lord, I can keep the bags away! 

Friends, today’s scripture is found in the last part of Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi.  He gives a list of statements of advice for life and faith and one thing he says is:
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.

My sistas and brothas, what more can I say? If there is anyone in this universe who can actually handle everything you may be going through or dealing with or fighting for, it is the Lord our God!  So, why is it that we choose to be anxious?  Why do we choose to be full of mental distress or uneasiness?  Why do we choose to be eager and edgy? And the first response I must offer to answer my own questions is this: because of fear of danger or misfortune!  We focus on our fears of what might or might not happen instead of trusting that by faith, our God will work everything out for our good! When we focus on our faith, then and only then will we have the PEACE OF GOD which transcends all understanding.  And the PEACE OF GOD will also guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. 

The protection of God’s peace over our hearts and minds keeps us from bags under our eyes, tires around our waists, ulcers in our systems, headaches, balding, short tempers, and other physical symptoms that manifest because of the internal unrest we are experiencing that may never be expressed to those who think they know us best.  THIS is why we must take everything to the Lord in prayer!  PRAYER is the absolute key to relieving anxiety. 

I have known many prayer warriors throughout my life but one person who has truly modeled for me the priority of prayer is my daddy.  For as long as I can remember, my dad has taught me to pray about EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY!  And to this day, I can honestly say that prayer is one of the sharpest weapons in my spiritual arsenal. 
Yes, I praise and I give and I serve and I preach and I teach but I do not do ANYTHING without praying first! 

I agree and I take very seriously Paul’s advice - in EVERY situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And in prayer, I am impressed by the Holy Spirit to move forward, to be still, to wait, to walk away, to pursue with passion, to proceed with caution, to press on through the obstacles.  And no, I do not always like the answers I am given through prayer, but I pray about that too.  And at the end of the day, I praise God for the blessed assurance I receive through prayer and I pray for a heart of obedience even in those things I do not want to hear from God. 

So, my Friends, CHILL OUT!  I encourage you to begin to consider Paul’s words of wisdom we have focused on today and I pray that you would at least try prayer.  Prayer is simply having a conversation with God – speaking and listening to the Holy One.  I pray that you would intensify your prayer life so that our God can intensify the peace you want to experience in your life.  I pray that you would not be anxious, but that you would live with great anticipation of hearing from God in God’s time.  I pray that you would take EVERY situation to the Lord in prayer, besides, He knows all about it anyway.  And if anyone ever tells you that God does not care about something or someone you want to pray about, remind them of this scripture, let them wrestle in their own stress, and you just press your way to the throne!

God Loves You and I do too!
Twitter - @AudraSunshine or @SpiritedConcept
Step Out of the Boat: An Invitation to Walk on Water
Click on Picture of Cover to Purchase TODAY!!!

THANK YOU for your support!!!

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE on the left to get email updates,SHARE it with three people, COMMENT below, and click here to GIVE a donation of $5.00 or your best gift to keep it going!
I WRITE by Faith and NOT by Sight...
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint