“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 NLT
This scripture starts with a direction of something we shouldn’t do. Paul is exhorting believers to not be anxious about anything. Anxiety is not a tangible thing we can see, but the effects are evident in our lives. The silent war that rages throughout the day, that plagues us by night, that shows up at work, in our relationships, or our marriage. The battle rages and it’s all taking place in our minds.
Have you ever felt anxious about circumstances in your life, either on-going or past? Things beyond your control that ultimately touch your life. It’s safe to say we’ve all experienced a level of anxiety at one time or another in our lives. Worried about work, the bills, your children, your marriage, your health, relatives, friends, even traffic. The world can provide an endless list of things we could be consumed by, but God has provided the antidote for these mental battles we face in a fallen world.
The scripture tells us to trade our anxiety for a prayer. No, this is not a pray your worries away type scripture. This is instruction on how we can find the relief we seek from our anxious thoughts. Prayer is meant to be a conversation with the creator of the universe. A conversation is a two-way deal (or it should be). You speak AND listen. When we pray, we are seeking direction from the one who knows the end from the beginning (meaning he knows how things will turn out before they even get started). When you pray about your anxious thoughts and listen for direction the response might look different for all of us. It might be to seek counseling or confide in a friend about your battle. To seek medical attention, or go to bed earlier to get more rest. Perhaps having the last say isn’t worth trading your peace. The solution is always tailored to our individual needs, but there is always a solution.
The prayer is then followed by a supernatural peace. This supernatural peace is found in the foundation that you are walking in obedience to what the Lord has directed you to do during your time in prayer, not just the prayer itself. The Lord guides and directs us in different ways and prayer is one of the ways he communicates with us. If we choose to surrender our anxious thoughts in exchange for obedience, we will find peace that will guard our hearts and minds from the silent battle in our minds; anxiety.
“Give all your worries and cares to God for he cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7).
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for caring about all my needs. I surrender every anxious thought to you in the name of Jesus and choose to walk in the supernatural peace that can only be found in you. I walk in obedience to your direction. In Jesus’s name. Amen!