[CF Devotionals] 2010-04-22 - Prioritize Prayer

Phil 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (NASB)

Tonight will be brief. It is late and I am struggling within my spirit over many things.

If you go to your favorite website, commentary or Bible index and look up fear or anxious or worry you will find a number of verses listed there. Jesus told His disciples not to be afraid repeatedly as He would tell us today if He were here. We fret over things and fuss the what if's and the maybe's.

This is one of the most well-known verses in all of the scriptures, and one of the least well headed but most of us. If God is in control and we are in the crucible then we are quite possibly where He wants us to be. We are in one of two places. We can be in a problem of our own making and we need to get out. We can learn from it our limitations and our frailty, and God's faithfulness to be ready to answer when we call for help. Or we are in the refining fire where the dross of life - our old nature, habits or thought patterns - are being burned away.

We can gain from either situation.

Repent and walk away from the trouble you're in following your Master out and back to the road He has for you. Or be patient as He works like a refiner does with gold or silver over a fiery hot fire. A minister in India was watching a man work with a crude crucible over a fire working with gold ore. The minister watched the refiner carefully pick only the dross out and put it into another container for later refining to collect any gold that clung to the impurities. After a long while he walked closer and asked the man how he knew when he was done refining the ore. The refiner looked up and smiled and said, "When I can see my face clearly reflected in the surface of the molten ore, then it is done."

Sometimes the two situations are one and the same.

How very much like Jesus is the refiner. He works the dross from our lives if we will let Him. One day he will present those of us who know Him as Savior and Lord before the Father - spotless and pure. When we have been refined and reflect the image of Jesus perfectly, then we will presentable to the Father.

Phil 4:7And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NASB)

Verse six comes with a promise in verse seven. When we learn to go to prayer first and to breath prayer through our daily walk we will know much more of this peace that passes all understanding. I'm not there yet, but it is my goal. We get to verse seven through the crucible of verse six.


Grace & Peace,

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