Read Philippians 4:4-9 as if you’re reading it for the first time.
Philippians 4:4-9New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry 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.
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Spend time reflecting on what phrases or words stood out to you while reading the scripture.
Read verses 4 – 7.
Reflect on what those verses mean in relation to your life.
Read verses 8 – 9.
Reflect on what you have learned and received and how you have applied those things to your life.
Read verses 4 – 9.
Reflect on the entire scripture and pray as a group.
I led this guided prayer experience at First Baptist Church of Sylva Snow Day Vespers on January 24, 2016.