“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)
Paul is not suggesting we ignore or worse deny our suffering. I remember well, when people who were ill, would say, I’m not sick. The Bible says, I am healed. They would take that line of reasoning and apply it to other areas of their life. Paul was well acquainted with grief and suffering. He didn’t deny it, he shared it with us and called us to share one another’s suffering. However, he was better acquainted with the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the peace of God which passes understanding. He knew the power of prayer and the joy of God’s provision.
Come before the Lord in prayer:
- Reverently in praise and worship. (Psalm 100)
- Confess your sin humbly and sincerely. “Now that he was in trouble, he went to his knees in prayer asking for help—total repentance before the God of his ancestors. As he prayed, God was touched; God listened and brought him back to Jerusalem as king. That convinced Manasseh that God was in control.” (2 Chronicles 33:12–13, The Message)
- Have faith in God. “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NLT)
- Be a Passionate Follower of Christ, completely dedicated to His glory. “But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” (James 1:6–8, NLT)
Grace and Peace to you!