“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 4:6b-7
What is weighing on you today? Is there a loved one in need? Do you have a relationship in trouble? Are you facing a problem with no apparent solution? Do you feel alone? Like a soothing salve to the anxious heart, this promise in Philippians 4 is for you today.
Unfortunately, anxiety does not come with an off switch. One of the most complex human emotions, anxiety warns us that something is wrong and needs attention. It is not an inherently bad thing, especially if it drives us to our knees in prayer. Yet prayer is often the last thing we think to do.
Through Jesus we have access to the very throne room of heaven. The Spirit intercedes for us there with groaning too deep for words (see Romans 8:26). Even when we don’t know how to pray, we are not hindered. And remember, God would not invite us to bring our cares and requests before Him if He did not plan to act.
His promise is not that all our requests will be granted. He promises the peace of Jesus Christ which will guard our hearts… and that is better by far!
We are called to pray with other believers. The next time someone asks for prayer, offer to pray with them then and there!
Bible In A Year
- Ecclesiastes 1-2
- Psalm 63
- John 2-3