Friday Five Focus & Prayer April 23, 2021

Do Not Be Anxious
Lisa Britton
It’s easy to find myself back in a place where anxiety creeps in.  When I look at the world around me, my eyes seeing the despair and troubles, my heart sinks with anxiety.  But as soon as I lift my eyes back to the Lord, I find my heart encouraged and strengthened.  These days, we hear a lot about “stay positive” and “we’re in this together”, as if that is where or strength comes from.  And while yes, we are absolutely to encourage each other and walk together, as Christian’s we believe our strength comes from our Hope in our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Jesus knew that we would become anxious in this world.  He addressed this topic very specifically in Matthew 6:25-34.  These verses really speak for themselves.  We can find our rest in the truth that God cares for every aspect of our life.  Regardless of the world around us, He is in control and cares for our every need.  

 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Prayer Focus 
New Sermon Series
Lord, we want to bring Pastor Nate before you today.  As he prepares to preach a new series, taking us through the book of Philippians we pray for your hand to be upon him.  We pray that you would also prepare our hearts as a congregation to receive the word you have for us through Pastor Nate.  We thank you that you have provided us with a Pastor who is firmly rooted in your Word and we ask that you would protect and strengthen him as he shares this new series.  Thank you for the work that you are doing at UTMC and through Pastor Nate.  Amen
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