“Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7)
Have you ever felt the strong sense of peace from God? I can still remember the night my grandfather died, and we were all gathered at his home, my home for the first six years of my life. With my daughters and husband sleeping in a nearby room, and Mom and my aunt resting, being exhausted from the stress of the moment; my cousin and I took the after midnight shift sitting up with “Daddy H” fearfully anticipating the inevitable moment of his death. As we prayed together, his passing was almost unnoticeable, very peaceful yet unforgettable as he went to be with the Father. That night and throughout the following days, His loving grace and supernatural peace surrounded us.
All of us have those moments, negative situations out of or our control, when we feel hopeless, with no place to turn but to Him. As believers, it is through Him we can experience the peace that surpasses understanding.
If you break apart the verse above, Paul gives us the keys, or steps to obtaining the supernatural peace given to us through the Holy Spirit.
- Don’t worry about anything. Dr. Robert Jeffress recommends taking a sheet of paper and to make a list of everything you are worried about. Then cross out the word “worry” at the top and write in “prayer”. Or in other words, turn your worry list into a prayer list.
- Pray about everything, as in the recent movie starring Priscilla Shirer, we should all have a “War Room” in which we can open our hearts in privacy to our Father in heaven.
- Supplication, ask God or make your requests known, even though He is omniscient and already knows, He wants us to be submissive to His will and ask for His help.
- Be thankful! Remember all He has provided, and the times in the past He has been near, always anticipating a loving God’s reply.
- Finally, when we take all these steps, Paul explains the peace of God, through the Holy Spirit, will guard our feelings and thoughts.
In an excerpt from his book, Winning the War with Worry, Dr. Robert Jeffress reminds us how to respond.
“The moment we are faced with a negative circumstance, we can choose to respond in one of two ways:
- We can choose to worry about the situation, or
- We can choose to believe God is in control of this circumstance and will take care of us.”
About the writer:
Beverly has been an educator, administrator, and educational sales representative, Sunday school teacher, and mentor; but most importantly is a wife, mother, and grandmother with a passion for sharing Christ.