December 17 (Daily reading: Philippians) I have recently been a little anxious became of some potential health concerns. Then the Holy Spirit took me to Philippians 4:6-7: “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.” I printed it off in large font so that I would see it and claim it every morning. I am very grateful to God that the “scans” and “scopes” revealed that everything checked out fine.
There is a direct correlation between “prayer” and “peace.” Paul invites us to pray about “everything.” Nothing is too small (or too big); if it concerns us, it concerns God. Take your “requests” to him! “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him” (Mt. 6:8), but we find strength in verbalizing our needs before Him. And we ask with thanksgiving, because we have confidence that however He responds, it will be for our good!
The result of praying is peace, which is described in part by “be anxious for nothing!” This peace from God often defies human explanation as it guards our hearts and minds “in Christ Jesus.” Meditating on scripture assures us, but it also guards (protects) us from future anxiety. We can help to keep the peace by dwelling on things that are true, honorable, right, pure, and lovely. In other words, all things that are worthy of praise! (4:8).
Peace is found in some scriptural promises: “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (1:6). “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (4:13). “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (4:19).
– Al Gary
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