6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
1. A negative imperative
So, first we see a “do not” exhortation. Paul says to them, Do not be anxious about anything. From this verse, it’s made clear to us that it is not becoming a Christian to be anxious. Anxiety is not consistent with a heart trusting in God. And Paul gives no provisions here. He doesn’t say, “Do not be anxious about little things”. He says anything.
2. A positive imperative
Instead, the Philippian Christians were to in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let their requests be made known to God. The remedy to anxiety is to bring our requests to God. How do we do that?
By prayer. Through Christ we are able to pray directly to the Father, with the Holy Spirit’s help.
By supplication. This word means to petition someone, to plead earnestly with them. Supplication is a specific kind of prayer, wherein the child of God earnestly requests something from the One who gives good and perfect gifts.
But prayer is not enough to cure the anxious heart. Paul adds a crucial attitude that’s required.
With thanksgiving. A Christian who pounds on the door of the throne room and marches in like a spoiled child is not pleasing to God. Nor will his heart be prepared to receive the peace of God. A Christian who pleads with God must do so with a heart of gratitude.
3. The result
If a person prays and pleads with thanksgiving, presenting their requests, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Our hearts will be free from anxiety in a way that can’t rationally be explained. Trusting God is the antidote to anxiety, and anxiety is of the enemy.
So, sheep, let’s not be anxious about anything, but in everything, may we lift up our requests to Him who is able to do even more than we ask or think.