I remember a time many years ago when my worry over a particular situation was tormenting me. The ‘what if’s?’ kept flooding into my mind and it was hard for me to rest. To make matters even worse, we were on vacation!
One night, as I was tossing in bed, my mind went to something the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians –
“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)
As I thought about these verses, I complained to the Lord. “Lord, I have done what you have told me to do and I still don’t have peace.” The Lord then said to me,“But you haven’t done what these verses tell you to do. Carefully look at them again.” And so, I decided to take these verses apart, piece by piece, and examine what they tell us.
1) Do not be anxious about anything (It is never God’s will for us to worry.)
2) But instead, pray about everything
a) ‘in every situation’
Nothing is too big or too small for God to be concerned.
b) ‘pray with petition’
The King James uses the word ‘supplication.’ I remember once learning that supplication is specific prayer about specific needs. God wanted me to pray specifically about everything that was troubling me.
c) pray also with thanksgiving
“Be thankful about what?” I wondered. The Spirit said to me, “Be thankful about all God has done. Be thankful about all He can do. Be thankful that He cares about you and that He is eager to have you pray to Him about what concerns you.”
3) And the peace of God that transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
As I prayed to God specifically about my problem, I also thanked Him for His care and concern. The next thing I knew it was morning and somewhere during my prayer I had fallen asleep.
Later, I thought about what had happened and wondered why I found peace and rest that night. What I learned was that that when we tell God about all of our problems and give Him thanks for all He has done, His peace stands guard over us like a solider stands guard over a city. Trusting in God stopped me from worrying.
Satan will do everything he can to discourage us. He will hold back nothing when it comes to trying to fill our hearts and minds with fear; therefore, we must take action. We must do exactly what scripture says. We must share all of our problems with God. We must hold nothing back, even if we know that some of how we feel is not right. We must be honest and real with God. Then we must reflect upon God’s goodness. What has God already done for us? What is He capable of doing? How can He take care of this problem? Then we must believe.
If we do these things, the peace of God will protect our hearts from fear and worry.
I pray this study has been a blessing to you. God bless you my brethren.