Prayer Life Brings Peace

Author: Rev. Esther Holmes
May 10, 2018

Think about it!    Isa 26:3  We can’t have an effective life with worry – can’t overcome.  Watch out when adversity comes – a disease can spread.  Worry is the index of a worldly life.
Worry – is a sin we don’t often recognize as one.  We say “it’s only human to worry in the battle”.  You can’t bear the fruits of the Spirit and live in worry.  It causes the good fruit to be sour.  Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
John 14:27; John 16:33 – Antidote for worry.  Our prayer life will decide which will prevail – peace or worry.
Rev 21:7  He that overcomes shall inherit all things.  If you do not have faith in this scripture then you’re believing this – He that worries shall be overcome in all things.
Why do we worry?
A bad personal habit. Once formed its hard to break.  an attitude towards what happens may happen or may not happen.  Worry wears grooves in our minds. We are taught to worry by our parents.  Mom worries about kids and father worries about income, etc.  Worry stops the overcoming life!  It is contagious – comes from doubt and unbelief.
Watch – when worry comes it wants company so it can grow and take over.  The world worries and should for they have no ample reason.  Prayer gives another viewpoint of the circumstances.  Chief reason we worry – we don’t trust God or realize our Heavenly Father cares.
Mat 6:25-26 The thought is the anxious worrying that saps the spiritual life.  Heb 4:12  The key to a carefree life is a day by day trust that leaves the future wholly in our Father’s hands.
Why not worry?
It is harmful to us and others around us. It tries to kill all faith.  It affects us spiritually, physically, and emotionally.  During adversity we need to be full of faith to fight the good fight.  Anxiety tears down.  Outlook in life – one says a rainy day is miserable; another says its a great day.  All in how you see it.  Christ can keep us in perfect peace in adversity.
Phil 4:6-7  Be careful for nothing and the peace of God shall keep your hearts.  Worry is incompatible with prayer.  Worry prevents us from prayer and prevents God from working.  Heb 4:12-13  Intent of the heart.
I Peter 5:7  Casting all your cares upon Him for he cares for you.  All not part!  Worry or trust – care or prayer.  Heb 12:2 – Instructions from Jesus. The secret of victorious life is inward not outward.  Ps 37:1-8  Fret not.  When we fret we worry.  Don’t just refuse to worry – really trust Him.
How to stay free:
1.  Consistent prayer.
2.  Consistent meditating on the Word.
3.  Determined to live without fears but live faith and trust as a child trusts a good parent
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