Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Freda, do not allow your heart to become anxious about anything, but in every situation you will face in this life, by prayer and petition, and with a heart full of thanksgiving, present Freda’s requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard Freda’s heart and Freda’s mind in Christ Jesus.
Lord, I thank you for the reminder of this Word in my life today. It is so easy to allow the circumstances of my life to overwhelm my heart, but you have reminded me that there is no need for anxiety regardless of what is unfolding in my life. I bring my every situation to you. I bring my petition to you and I do it knowing you are really enough for every lack in my heart. I thank you for your unwavering love for me. I ask now that your peace, not the peace that the world gives, nor the peace that is false and temporal, but your peace which surpasses all understanding, I ask for that peace in my life and in my heart. May your peace guard my heart today and my mind by the power of Christ in me. Your presence sustains and keeps my heart in every moment.
This passage can be one so easy to quote, but so challenging to apply in our every moment. The truth is there are times when my heart is anxious. Circumstances can alter my perspective at times and I can lose sight of Truth in those moments. However, I am so grateful that God is merciful and even when I stumble through this being worked in my life, He does not give up. He continually reminds my heart that if I lean into Him and allow Truth to prevail even in these hard to deal with moments, that I can remain in peace. I can live outside of the realm of an anxious led life. He has made available everything I need to have a heart and mind led by peace. A key in this verse is “with thanksgiving”. If I live a life of thanksgiving, and trust in God, as I offer my petitions to God and seek his face, I can rest in assurance that He is working in my life and circumstances. So, I need not be anxious.