ďBe 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Ē
Paul is urging the Philippians to have a calm heart and mind. Essentially telling them not to worry, and rather to give up their problems to God, to pray and trust him completely. Though there will be hard times, and times of tribulation, anxiety can do us no good, and Paul is prohibiting us to worry about it, and to commit our problems to God through pray and faith that God will provide deliverance. Paul also uses the phrase ďguard our hearts and minds,Ē to convey the fact that our hearts and minds need protecting. We are basically in a battlefield, and without the peace of God we will fall into the traps of the enemy and be corrupted by injustice influences.
Worry is like second nature to me. The thought of being late to an important meeting makes my heart race. When a situation doesnít go as planned or as smoothly as possible, my head starts spinning in so many directions. I begin to quickly solve the problem as fast as possible, maybe I can do this or say that, willingly to try anything just to make sure I succeed. Then I go into a frenzy of things I could have done better, should have done, why didnít I just go earlier or say that to this person. My mind worries like itís on the edge of exploding. But sometimes I realize that when situations do occur that I have no control over, and Iím in my panic mode, it doesnít help me one bit. When I do finally submit, just relax, and pray to God to take all the anxiety, worry, stress away, something happens; an unexplainable peace takes over. Itís absolutely amazing what God can do for us, in a split second all the tension is gone. God truly is everything we ever will need.
Lord, I donít thank you enough, and Iím sorry for that. You provide me with everything, you calm me in times of trouble, you bring me happiness through storms. You even take the loads I bear and release me of my sins. Lord of mercy and grace, thank you for loving me, my Father, my peace.