What We Can Do!

Read:  Philippians 4:4-9   

   Recently on Facebook I noticed a post that was going around saying that President Obama had cancelled the National Day of Prayer which has always been held on the first Thursday in May each year.  Upon further investigation I discovered that this was not true.  Another reminder to not always assume that everything we see on Facebook and the Internet is necessarily true.  The President did make a few changes but he did not cancel the National Day of Prayer.

In this current political season in the United States many people are frustrated, confused, and unsure about our present situation and what the future might look like.  In our personal lives we often feel that same way.  The past few days have left me asking many questions and wondering many things.  How should I handle this?  What is the way forward?  What does God want to teach me through this?  What can I do?

Then as I asked those questions I ran across Philippians 4.  Here is The Message Bible’s paraphrase of those verses that we know so well…  “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”  Yes, this week is the National Day of Prayer (Thursday) in which we are encouraged to pray for our country.  Do that!  But pray about the other things in your life that bring you fret and worry.

I like what Eric Metaxas says when writing about prayer, he says, “We pray because, in our own wisdom and strength, we’re insufficient for the challenges we face. While one of the most appealing things about American people is our indomitable “can-do” spirit, the fact is, sometimes we “can’t do”! We have nowhere else to go, except to God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Kneeling before God in times of overwhelming crisis is also a part of our American DNA.”

Those are words that I needed to hear this week and perhaps they are meant for you too.  When we ask what can be done or what can we do there may be multiple options, but one option should always rise to the top.  WE CAN PRAY!  God is in control, God is watching over us, God cares about us, and God loves us more than we can understand. (Phil 4:7)  That is where we find our peace!

Make it personal:  What are you worrying or fretting about this week?  Make it a matter of prayer to God!  Keep it a matter of prayer before God!  Robert Law once said, “Prayer is a mighty instrument, not for getting our will done in Heaven, but for getting God’s will done on earth.”  Amen!

Have a peace-filled week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church