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. Philippians 4:6-7
We live in an anxious world, people are having anxiety attacks daily. I remember years ago visiting a gentleman in the hospital due to anxiety. He was totally overwhelmed by life’s challenges.
Family pressure, financial pressures, health issues it can be overwhelming especially if you don’t know what lies ahead. Feeding our minds with negativity by watching the news, or reading online social media can overwhelm anyone.
The passage we’re looking at today gives us some guidelines on how to deal with anxiety. First, it says “do not be anxious about anything.” Anything is all of life. Do not be anxious, don’t give into the attacks of the devil and don’t let your mind drift to worry.
The online dictionary defines anxious as, experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
The key word here’s about and even or something with an uncertain outcome. We want to see in the future to know what is going to happen but the only thing we can do is lean into God and don’t entertain worry.
The passage goes on to say, “but in every situation.” We tend to go to God with the big things but entertain the little things. We feel we can handle the little troubles of life and therefore try to handle them on our own. The key is every situation go to God.
It continues by saying, “by prayer and petition.” Prayer is talking to God petition means a request made for something desired. When we go to God in prayer we make requests in the form of petitions while conversing with Him.
God wants us to spend time with Him to share every situation with Him all of our concerns and desires.
“With thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Prayer takes an act of faith but when we add thanksgiving it amplifies our faith. It is an act of believing that He hears and answer us when we take every situation to Him.
Most times I start off my prayers with thanksgiving and worship it ushers in the presence of God. Afterward I take my petitions to Him and concluded with thanking Him again for all He has done and will do.
”And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
After we take our concerns to God He gives us a peace that the world does not have nor would understand. It is a peace that assures you that God has heard you and is acting on your behalf. We can’t understand it but we know that God’s peace has come upon us in a way that worry, doubt and stress can’t reside in us anymore.
This peace guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. His peace guards us from all the devil would throw at us. The key to this peace is simply to pray and thank Him for all He is doing. God Bless!