Do not worry about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.
I opened my eyes this morning to find a bunch of worries staring back at me! It was like they had been waiting for me to wake up so they could all talk to me at once. Can you relate? I hadn’t even had my coffee! They had my full attention for a couple of hours and before I knew it my tummy hurt and I felt overwhelmed with worry! As I anxiously drove to my first appointment, these words came to mind, “Be anxious for nothing…pray…be at peace…” and I began to talk with God.
What would happen to our worries if, when we prayed, we could physically see the King of Kings sitting across from us listening? How would we feel if, as we told Him all our troubles, we saw the tears well up in His eyes and His head nodding in understanding? These are the questions I asked myself as I laid out my burdens one by one…this is the God I remembered as I made my requests known to Him. And, do you know what happened next? I felt His peace begin to guard my heart!
In prayer God helps me remember “the real Him,” the Father who stoops to hear my voice, who cares about the things that trouble me…the One who is never too busy to listen, and who, by the way, is the most powerful Being in the universe! And, even though nothing in the physical world around me has changed, necessarily, I am able to lean back and exhale because I feel His peace surrounding me and I am reminded that the One who holds all things together, also holds me!
“Father, thank You for loving me. It means everything to me that You hear my prayers and care. I feel so lucky that I can talk to the King of Kings! Thanks for listening today and for calming my heart. Help me to trust You with tomorrow. Amen.”
What about you?
Are you worried about anything today? Are you feeling anxious?
Have you experienced God listening to you? Have you talked to Him about your troubles?
Do you need God’s peace to guard your heart today?
Take some time today and tell God your cares.