“Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7, ESV
There are many promises from the Word of God that I hold dear to my heart, and one such promise is Philippians 4:6-7. It provides instructions, of a sort, on how to let go of anxiety and receive the peace of the Lord.
The scripture tells us that we should take everything — no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to us — to the Lord in prayer “with thanksgiving”. Sometimes we may be so focused on sharing our needs that we forget the giving thanks part of the equation.
Even when our situation may seem completely terrible, be sure to give thanks to the Lord. Blessings come in many different forms. Some are quite obvious and others we may have to look a little harder for. We can give thanks for waking up this morning, for sleep during the night, for sunlight to brighten the day, for rain to water the plants, for gas in our vehicle, for enough money for bills, for the promise of a future with no pain or sorrow…
Most of all, we should always give thanks for the gift of Jesus Christ and His redemption. When we bring our needs and burdens to the Lord with thanksgiving in our hearts, He promises to give us His peace. This is not a worldly peace that comes and goes depending on our situation and emotional stability, but a peace that is beyond any earthly comprehension.
Peace in the midst of trials and storms. Peace when everything around us tells us we should be frazzled or depressed or fearful or worried. Peace that comes from knowing, no matter what, the Lord is ultimately in control.