Have no anxiety 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 passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
We are all feeling anxious right now. We wouldn’t be human if we weren’t. However, the bible tells us to have NO anxiety.
This passage says that we should make our requests known before God, but to do so with supplication and thanksgiving. Supplication is to ask with humility. How many of us practice humility I wonder? Do we try to hang onto control or do we give things over to God?
In the midst of chaos, it can be difficult to let go of our anxiety, but anxiety is a result of uncertainty for the future, and while we may not know what our earthly future will be, we do know what our heavenly reward will be. Our prayers then are always for God’s Will to be done.
Prayer is a conversation with God. We don’t need fancy words or rhyming poems, we need only speak from the heart. When we come before God with humility and thanksgiving, we are promised peace that surpasses understanding. Indeed it does, because how do we experience peace in our hearts when there is war in the world?
The world is an uncertain place, a difficult and often violent place, and yet, when we allow our hearts and minds to rest in Christ, we are able to experience deep peace.
We are not promised a perfect life. We are promised that we will not be forsaken. If we open ourselves and allow God in, we will experience the peace of knowing that whatever is happening in the world and in our lives, God is walking beside us.
Loving God, , I know that every good gift comes from you and I give you thanks for all the blessings in my life.
Help me to be less anxious and to bring everything to you in prayer. I know that when I try to do everything myself, confusion reigns over peace. Help me to give any inner turmoil over to you and trust that your constant love and care for me and your abundant mercy will guard my heart and my mind.
Help me to always come to you with a thankful heart knowing that every breath is a gift.