“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, 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.” Philippians 4:6-8.
During the Sermon on the Mount the Lord Jesus gave us a model for prayer, it goes as follows.
“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:9b-15.
“So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” Jonah 2:10.
“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.’ So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, ‘Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’” Jonah 3:1-4.
“Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds.” Colossians 3:9.
In the prior study we were told to put to death our members which consisted of, fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness. After this the apostle gave us the next step, which is to put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language.
We now continue with the above verse, “Do not lie to one another”, what a refreshing thought, if everyone stopped lying to one another, both Christians and unbelievers. As it stands today everybody lies, whether it is government, business, or in daily relationships. When I say everybody I mean everybody, far more than in the past.