You Can Have Peace
- May 03, 2017
- Cameron Robinson
How prayer reveals the goodness of life and washes away your anxieties.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Phil. 4:6-7
I’m a pretty anxious person. I have to work to enjoy a sunrise or a cool breeze blowing on a spring day. (It usually takes 15 minutes before my mind begins to slow down, except this one time when I “did” Thai Chi!)
I’ve noticed that when I should rest, I find a way to work. Even resting on the Sabbath proves to be difficult. However, I have noticed that prayer and meditation makes a difference. I’ve noticed that in the middle of meditation, I become aware of all that I have. I begin to give thanks and start seeing blessings not as burdens, but as gifts. Tasks move from annoyances to opportunities and my relationship with people even improves. I don’t find myself annoyed with their faults but I see them for their possibilities.
A new lens appears when I am not anxious.
Maybe that’s what is missing in my life. Maybe my busyness is actually a search for peace. Maybe that’s what Facebook and Twitter can’t give me.
Maybe access to so much information and “connection” is actually access to so little.
I say I wish I could rest, but am I actually practicing prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving?
It’s a simple equation, but the power of this scripture can transform my life.
Have you received peace?
I pray you have peace that guards your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. I pray you are not anxious. I pray that through prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving, you find yourself connected with a new source of energy that does not seem to end.
I’m a pretty anxious person, but prayer slows me down. Give meditation a try and I’ll keep working on it with you. Place a chair in your yard and listen to the sounds. Allow your mind to slow and begin easing anxiety. Whatever you worried about, give it to Christ.