Continuing our series on Biblical Contentment, we will look at The 7 things the Bible teaches us are key for everyday Christian life:
Prayer: Proverbs 16:3
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established. (ESV)
Encomienda a Jehová tus obras
y tus pensamientos serán afirmados. (RVR 1995)
Study: Psalm 119:11
Fellowship: Hebrews 10:25
Stewardship: 1 Peter 4:10
Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:29
Sharing: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Walking: 1 John 2:6
So I got this right? I don’t need anyone’s help not even God’s. Yes, I have been that Stuck on Stupid before. Oh it is not an intentional I am mad at God or anything like I just get feel I can handle the small things on my own.
The problem is we are creatures of habit, and our habit of not going to God in prayer for the small things leads to not going to Him in the bigger things which leads to problems which leads to, well you are getting the picture.
Prayer helps us with those daily decisions (Luke 6:12-13)
The Bible tells us (commands) to pray not just when things get tough but to be in prayer daily (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Philippians 4:6-7, Ephesians 6:18-19)
Prayer Glorifies God (Luke 2:36-38, 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Prayer helps us with temptations (Matthew 26:41)
There are of course many more bible verses on prayer but your can see by these alone the importance of daily prayer. So how does Prayer helps us with being Biblically Content? Well let us look at two things first
“What is the goal of the Christian life?” asks theologian and pastor R.C. Sproul. “Godliness born of obedience to Christ. Obedience unlocks the riches of the Christian experience. Prayer is what prompts and nurtures obedience, putting the heart into the proper ‘frame of mind’ to desire obedience.”
Dr. Spoul understood that contentment comes from obedience to Christ and prayer is what ushers in that obedience.
Second: Philippians 4:6-7: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Prayer brings about the peace in our hearts and minds (for those in Christ) that surpasses all understanding. Trust me on this great minds and countless books have been written on the subject and all fall short of the true understanding of how calm and peaceful, how Biblically Content we feel in Christ.
I pray you experience that today.
Two quick studies by John Piper on Philippians 4:6-7