Peace

29 May 2019
‘In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’

Every day we have so many things to think about, decide, and do. As our busyness increases, our peace decreases. Things like anxiety, stress, and burn out are all becoming more common. So what can we do? The Bible gives us the answer: ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV). To feel God’s peace, we need to be handing everything over to Him. Everything we face, feel, and think can be handed over to Him through prayer. We have a God who is interested in every detail of our lives. 1 Peter 5:7 says: ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’ (NIV). Nothing is too big, or too small, to bring to Him. He cares for us and wants to be involved in our lives. It’s also important to remember that the word ‘thanksgiving’ appears in these verses in Philippians. Being thankful to God for the blessings He has given us, and the things that are going well in our lives, can help us to deal with the anxiety and stress. Being intentionally grateful helps lift our eyes from the problems we’re facing. It helps us gain perspective and realise that God’s still good, no matter what else is going on. The Bible goes as far as to say: ‘give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). Handing everything over to God won’t necessarily mean that our situations change, although God’s always working, but He’ll give us His peace to keep us from being overwhelmed by our circumstances.

 

What Now?

Write out two prayers to God. Use the first prayer to hand over every situation you’re facing to Him. Then use the second to tell Him what you’re thankful for.

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