Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
Who among us hasn’t fretted? Family, work, health, societal decline are all matters of concern and it’s hard to imagine not worrying about ANY thing. But it’s the worry about things that steals our peace. Instead Philippians 4:6-7 gives us the key to obtaining peace even during unsettling times. It instructs us to take the very things that would cause us to worry and use them as fuel for our prayers. Bring that thing, those things, everything to the King. He has an open ear ready to hear our needs.
But don’t let the expression of your needs be the end of your communication with Him. Instead thank Him for what he has done. Yes, there are still some unsettled matters in your life but remind, rehearse, and recite those things He has already done.
Ever brought your worries before God but still left feeling weighted? Perhaps we stopped short before giving thanks and thus we didn’t really obtain His promise of peace.