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The Formula for Peace

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

The prescription for peace. Instead of dwelling on that which makes us anxious, present it to God with thanksgiving! In exchange, we gain peace. What a trade!

It seems so simple and I wonder why it’s not? I wonder what I do to complicate the process? Usually, for me, the complication comes from a lack of surrender. I do not really want to “give” my requests to God, because, somehow, it doesn’t feel safe to do so. It feels safer to keep my concerns around and turn them over and over, trying to figure them out. If I let them go–truly let them go, I will have no more control.

Of course, I never really have control in the first place, so why do I hold on to the illusion of it? I do not know the answer. But, I do know I desperately want the peace that only God gives. I NEED His peace. Holding on is only causing turmoil.

I need to surrender and to trust. That is the essence of what this verse is saying and also the very essence of our faith in our Heavenly Father. He can be trusted–completely. With our doubts, our worries, our anxieties, our very lives. In my life, and I’m willing to guess, in yours as well, He has proven His faithfulness over and again.

I am desperate for peace, but today I know both the Source and the formula. I am going after both. Won’t you join me?

Precious Heavenly Father, I know I can trust You. You have proven it countless times throughout my life. I am sorry for not trusting you with my worries. I am sorry for holding on to them rather than surrendering. Thank You for the truth You speak into my life through Your Word. Please, Lord, help me today to walk in that Truth and grant me, please, the peace You have promised. Thank You, Jesus. Amen!

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