Week 14: The Peace that follows Prayer
S: Philippians 4:6-7 (New Living Translation)
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
O: If you want peace in your life prayer is the place to start. This is a simple truth we can often forget. At the core of it prayer is communication. Based on the dictionary definition prayer is ‘to express one’s desire’, ‘to commune with’ and ‘to ask earnestly and reverently’. You will find that to truly communicate with someone you have to be present and focused on the person. If we take this literally, the promise that the bible makes to us is that when we truly communicate with God or ‘pray’, peace follows. In Philippians 4:7 it tells us ‘don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything, then we would experience God’s peace. In Isaiah the scripture also tells us that God would keep our minds in perfect peace if we keep them stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3). When we keep our mind stayed on God, thinking about Him and communing with Him in our hearts this creates an intimacy with God. As a result of this intimacy we get to enjoy peace, love, joy and acceptance.
A: What questions or frustrations do you have right now that are occupying your mind space almost to the point of paralysis? I dare you to take them to God earnestly in prayer; cry out to Him and see if God will not respond.
P: Lord, I bring my frustrations and concerns about [what you have identified from the Action section above] to you. Father I trust you and even though things might feel uncertain and I might not fully understand but I know you are more than able to help me.