6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God
7and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
As we pray, we must pray until we get to PEACE. If you don’t have peace you’re not through praying. The indication that the prayer is done is when you have PEACE.
Turn your worries into prayer
Verse 8: Meditate on these things. Meditate means to ponder; think logical in a detailed manner.
Sometimes we think about things that do not matter
The thing that has you preoccupied
The thing that’s continually on your mind
The thing that you’re continually contemplating
The thing you’re constantly reflecting on
Proverbs 23:7 For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
What is Your Self Talk???
What do we fill our minds with?
The problem hasn’t been without praying. The problem has been without pondering
What we’ve been thinking about
Think on these things…Whatever…
Whatever is TRUE
what is your reality?
fact check yourself
are my thoughts true?
truth comes from God
truth is a person
Whatever is HONORABLE/NOBLE
worthy of respect
Whatever is JUST (Right)
conforms to justice, law, morality
it cannot contradict truth
Whatever is PURE
free from contamination/blemish
Whatever is LOVELY
Whatever is ADMIRABLE
things that speak well of the thinker
thoughts that are recommended
thoughts that give confidence in
thoughts of praise. Do you think the best of others?
We lose the very things we pray for because we ponder on the wrong things. What goes on in your thinking will either hurt or help you.