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.
A Prescription for Peace
Everyday, as you scroll through the news, read your paper, watch the 24hr news cycle, step into the echo chamber of Facebook, Instagram, and other forms of social media, what are you hearing?
How do you feel after a run down the rabbit trail of social media postings and internet news? Anxiety! Fear! Worry! Stress! It’s a whirlwind of negative news and emotions that build on themselves and feed off each other, taking you along for the ride, and perhaps compelling you to add to the cacophony of fear rising up in our collective consciousness.
Is there anyone out there offering hope and peace in this troubled time? Yes! Paul writes a prescription for peace, one that passes all understanding – a simple way to guard our hearts and minds from the fear that would overwhelm us.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Paul doesn’t just give us a toss-away line of “do not be anxious”, he gives us the next steps we are to take in order to achieve the peace we all so desperately long for! We are to present our requests to God through prayer and petition, and here’s the important part – with Thanksgiving!
Approach the throne of God, your heavenly Father, with Thanksgiving! Start with something small, if that’s all you can manage. Thank Him for the day. Thank Him for the night. Thank Him for the cherry blossoms, the green grass, the rain and the sun. Praise Him for who He is. Thank Him for all that He has done and is doing and will do.
As you turn from prayer to praise, you may find your spirit rejoicing that our God is greater than all these things. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus!”