May 23, 2021

Pray Until the Peace Comes

Pray Until the Peace Comes

Introduction: We live in uncertain times, but that’s not a new phenomenon. Biblical accounts are full of uncertainty that give opportunity for biblical characters to trust in a certain God. Today we struggle to find peace when the future seems uncertain. But the question this morning is: “How do you deal with uncertainty, when you serve a God who is certain?”

God STILL Has the Whole World in His Hands
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28 NIV

Paul’s Story:
• Paul left Jerusalem after his conversion and started churches in Europe and Turkey.
• He returned to Jerusalem where he was arrested and was sent to Rome for trial.
• He was imprisoned for two years in Rome and was beheaded outside the city.
• While in prison, he wrote to the Church at Philippi, a church he planted.

“Rejoice in the Lord always.”  Philippians 4:4 NIV
• In your moments of uncertainty, when there are fewer things to rejoice about, rejoice in God’s goodness.

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”  Philippians 4:5 NIV
• Don’t let uncertainty begin to erode your integrity and character.
• Don’t release your anger and allow circumstances to control how you treat others.
• Take control of your character which is to reflect God’s grace inside of you.

“Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation…”  Philippians 4:6 NIV
• Do not be anxious or stressed out or distracted by your emotions.

“…but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.”  Philippians 4:6 NIV
The Greek word here for “present” is a word used in the context of solving a mystery.
• Pray until you reveal to God what is at the deepest level of your heart’s desire.

In Times of Uncertainty, Our Deepest Insecurities Surface
“And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7 NIV

In Times of Uncertainty, Pray Until the Peace Comes
“I learned that prayer isn’t about changing God, prayer is about changing me.”  C.S. Lewis

Weekly Questions: What are you afraid of? Where are you most insecure? When you hear the statement that your deepest fears parallel your deepest desires, how does that affect you? Do you know what your deepest fears and desires are?