Everything by Prayer?

In Philippians 4:5-6, Scripture tells us, “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (ESV)

But do Christians really take everything to prayer? Do we let everyone know our reasonableness by appealing to God in prayer?

Praying is normal and expected when Christians are in church, Sunday School, small groups and such. We comfortably give and take prayers and prayer requests in those settings where it would be easiest to live out the above verses in Philippians.

What I have in mind is taking everything to pray in our daily lives; in our daily decision making. When we are on the job, at the store, at home with a neighbor – anywhere – do we take everything to God in prayer? Given our fallen nature, even in “Christian” settings we probably don’t take everything to God in prayer.

However, do we even think about taking everything to God in prayer outside of Christian settings?

If a friend or co-worker, Christian or not, ask me about doing something my first response is normally, “let me check with my wife.” This initial response is followed by “let me check my schedule” or something like that. Ironically, other Christians I interact with do the same thing.

Why don’t we Christians normally pause and say,”let me pray about that and I’ll get back with you?” It seems we normally think about big life decisions in terms of prayer, but not everyday issues.

I think we can do better in praying always – I know we can!

Imagine the type of Christian witness we might display if our first response is we need to pray before answering. We would be acknowledging that the Lord is at hand showing our reasonableness in our duty to pray always before everyone.

Think about it.

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