Today’s Reading - Philippians 4
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. - Philippians 4:6-7
It’s hard not to be anxious. Believe me, I now have a greater understanding of being anxious and trying to deal with it. I probably didn’t handle it too well. In fact, I can think of one particular moment when it was at its worst. It was when I had to most lean into the truth of God’s word and constantly remind myself to give my need in that moment to God and let His peace guard my heart and mind. Think about the times you have been anxious. What happens? Your heart races and your mind brings to the forefront the worst thoughts. At that very point we need God to guard our heart and mind with His healing presence and peace. Oftentimes our anxious moments involve something we cannot immediately do anything about. Paul’s word to us is to enter into the presence of God, prayer, ask God for help around the need, petition, and with a spirit of thanksgiving, lay the need in the hands of God. Calm, peace, not that we will understand one moment of it, will then guard our heart and mind. It’s hard not to be anxious. It takes mountains of faith to believe and be thankful that peace can come when anxiety appears to overwhelm us. When we are out of control in a situation, we lean into the power of God to be in control and peace comes to bring unexplainable peace. Paul does not use the word promise in this text but it is one of the most powerful promises of scripture. Let this promise be solidly grounded in your spirit.
Heavenly Father, we place all our anxious moments in your hands and ask that you bring supernatural peace to our life. We may not understand it but we need it and we confess that only You can bring calm and peace when we are totally out of control in a situation. We lay hold of this great promise today. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.