Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Last week’s memory verse:
Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Father, as we learn to turn our attention to you in all things, at all times, and in every situation, teach us not to be anxious. Give us peace.
One Minute Praise
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand
One Minute Wisdom
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good word makes it glad.
One Minute Devotion
For decades, Lloyd Colbaugh edited Pentecostal Evangel Magazine, but his passion and calling were in ministering to the incarcerated. For more than thirty years, Lloyd and his wife Nita led song services and prayer at the Federal Medical Center in Springfield, MO. Countless inmates there gave their hearts to Christ under Lloyd’s tutelage. Ask any one of them and they will tell you that they remember three things about Lloyd: his ear-to-ear grin, his faithful prayers for them, and his non-judgmental attitude, reflecting the fact that God is no respecter of persons.
I will always remember holding hands with inmates and other volunteers, as Lloyd led us in singing the Lord’s Prayer after prayer meeting.
Our Father… Who art in…