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Getting the Most Out of 2019: Visionary Prayer
January 27, 2019

Getting the Most Out of 2019: Visionary Prayer

We finish our sermon series, Getting the Most Out of 2019 with the sermon Visionary Prayer. It seems that in our society a dark, negative vision of reality continues to grow. Discontent coupled with disconnected relationships leads us to a dim view of the future, of our society, and of our lives. We turn this week to Paul the Apostle and one of the most positive passages about prayer. Philippians 4:4-13 is very exceptional, especially if you consider that Paul is in chains and awaiting trial before Caesar Nero, head of the Roman Empire. Instead of discontent and disconnection we find joy and confidence! Prayer can share with us a different view of our reality. It can instill in us a powerful, positive vision! As you read these words, let them help you refocus your mind on what is good and true, so that you will find the power of God at work in your life. Philippians 4:4-13 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 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. 9 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. 10 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. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 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. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (NIV)

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