“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
Peace is something people want everywhere in the world. This is not the peace of agreements between groups of people or nations. This is inner self peace.
All over the place one can see people that are stressed out about some situation that they are facing. Those situations could be dealing with another person, a job, one’s own or someone else’s health, family members, a vehicle, clothing, or something else of concern for the person. Each person’s concerns in life are slightly different from someone else’s, but the underlying principle is that there is not a peace in their lives.
God is always at perfect peace. He never gets worried (anxious) about anything. Why does He not get worried? It is because He knows that He is in control and has the situation under control.
As a human being, you do not have the absolute control that God has. When something is not going the way you like or planned, it can cause some stress and worry. You cannot see the future, so you worry about it.
Here you are told to present your need to God. You are also to do it with thanksgiving. Thank God for the situation you are in and thank Him for how He will choose to get you through it. Thank Him that He knows what is happening and will happen. Then trust Him in it. Believe that He will answer your prayer.
When you begin to trust God with your situation, His peace will come upon you. You will be able to rest in the fact that God is the One who is in control, and not you. In the midst of that storm, you will have a peace that not even you can fully understand. It will pass all understanding.
The world says you have a right to not be at peace, but God wants you to be at peace. Being at peace in a bad situation is putting your trust in God, not yourself or this world.
Tell God what you are going through and facing, then trust Him. Let His peace fill your life and block out all doubt and fear.
I pray today that you will go to God with all of your needs and fears; that you will give thanks to God for everything; that you will trust God with every situation in your life; and that you will know the peace of God in your life.