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Peace Through Prayer
Peace through Prayer
Be 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. Phil 4:6,7
This is written to encourage children of God in the important aspect of 'peace through prayer'.Many times we feel frustrated. Things are not working out the way we want. There are too many closed doors. We feel trapped. Where is God? Why has He abandoned me? Why does He leave me like this? Lord, things are going out of control!
I am so agitated. I try to solve these problems on my own. I am worried and anxious the whole day. I cannot sleep at night. I am filled
with anxiety. I feel totally stressed out. What does the Bible says about this? Cast all your cares
upon Him for He cares for you, 1 Pet 5.7. Do you know what 'cast' means here in the original Greek? It means throwing the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him. (Amplified Bible.) It is the same word in the Hebrew: 'Cast your burden on the Lord
and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be
moved', Ps 55.22. Have I thrown all my cares, tossed all my anxieties over to Him?
It is in times like this that we must learn to turn our eyes away from the circumstances around us, and pin ourselves at the feet of the Lord, and focus steadily on the word of God. If we have already developed a daily habit of reading of the Bible, this should not be much of a problem. We must call to mind the promises of God. Did not the Lord say, 'Lo, I am with you always'? Did He not say, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you'? (Do you know that in the Greek, it is an emphatic negative. We can translate it as 'never, never, never!') He is right by our side. He says, Call unto Me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you, Ps 50.15. But do I call unto Him? No, my unbelieving heart is such that I try to work things out my way, myself. I am easily shaken, and I tremble like a leaf. My heart is troubled. I forget the words of Jesus; 'Let not Your heart be troubled, neither be ye afraid', John 14.1
The Lord has given us His precious and magnificent promises, 2 Pet 1:4. The Bible is full of the powerful promises of God. There are thousands upon thousands of promises in the Holy Scriptures. And God has given them to me, so that I can claim them by prayer. I believe the Lord wants me to pray. He wants me to call unto Him, to cry out to Him. He will surely answer. He is a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God. He is a faithful God, He will not disappoint me. He will hear my cry, He will answer my prayer. But I need to cry out to Him...from my heart. Isn't that how it was in the Psalms? The men of God like David cried out from the bottom of their heart, and God heard and delivered.
Alas, most of our praying is praying from our lips, tainted with doubt; and many times we pray without expecting answers from God. We are plagued by a chronic, incipient doubt. We pour out our heart to God, but we simple don't expect or wait for His reply. Sometimes, it seems we are not even prepared for a reply. Most of our praying is panic-praying. Hear the testimony of David, O child of God: 'I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.' Psalm 34:4. 'This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.' Psalm 34:6. Those are the expressions of God's 'sure mercies' to David. David says, 'God heard my prayers, He gave me peace; He delivered me out of all my troubles. He will do the same for you. Trust Him. Keep believing.'
Beloved, our God is ready to answer. We need that elusive ingredient of a victorious Christian life, i.e. practical faith. Our Lord said faith moves mountains - all the mountains of looming problems, unsolved issues, urgent dire needs. Oh, how much we need faith in the promises of God! He is our promise-giving, promise-fulfilling God; our prayer-hearing, prayer-answering God; our covenant-keeping God. He will never break His everlasting covenant, that He has ratified though His blood, with us. The Bible says that He is 'Faithful and True'. (That is the last of His many titles, which we find in Revelation 19:11.)
Believing in His promises, trusting in His faithfulness, we begin to pray. And the peace of God floods our heart. Yes, prayer is the
door to peace. As it says in Phil 4.6,7, we must get into the habit of praying for everything, and praising God for every blessing, great and small, Yes, we must learn to thank God for every little answer to prayer. The habit of thanksgiving, the practice of prayer; and eventually we are 'walking with God, talking to Him'. We are brought into close communion with Him. His peace, like a river, grows and flows in our hearts. We learn to rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
The sad fact is that our unrenewed minds keep us over-occupied with ourselves. The old nature tends to walk less by faith and more by sight. Oh, that we understood and accepted the inward work of the Cross! If only we could look away from the things that beset us; look off and look upwards to the Lord. He is
there, enthroned in heaven, in full control, having all things under His feet; He is the embodiment of peace, unshaken,
untroubled, the Lord of peace. Yes, the God of peace will crush Satan under our feet shortly, Rom 16:20. He says to our troubled hearts and minds: 'My peace I give unto you. MY PEACE.' 'The peace that passes all
understanding. Surpasses human understanding.' The peace that should rule in our hearts, Col 3:15.
This peace is possible through the practice of believing in the word of God (as it is!) and claiming His sure promises through earnest, heart-filled prayer.
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