Monday, October 26, 2015

Prayer and Peace

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Sure, you can worry, but it comes at a high price. The Greeks had an interesting view of what it means to worry. They used a word that means, to divide the mind. Think about that for just a moment. Worry creates a double-minded thinker. If worry actually worked, there would be no problem with it. But rather than doing anything about tomorrow’s problems, worry simply negates today’s strength. When your perception is divided, your vision is distorted. When your strength is divided, you lose energy and stamina. I don’t know about you, but who can afford to lose their power?

What is the prescription for worry? How can we overcome its grip on our lives? We need two things; one, our part, and two, God’s part. 

Our part must include prayer with thanksgiving. Paul said it best when he told the Philippian Christ followers to, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” [4:6 - emphasis mine].

God’s part includes guarding your heart with peace. Paul continues, “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” [4:7]. 

Try it. You will be amazed at what happens when you replace worry with prayer and thanksgiving!

Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:7 [The MESSAGE Paraphrase]

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