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.
Phillipians, 4, Verses 6-7
There is such total comfort contained in these two short verses from Philippians.
We are encouraged “not to worry about anything”. We are also encouraged to bring everything to God. That includes worries, concerns, and anxieties as well as hopes, wants, needs and desires. But it is the way in which we are to bring them to Him that struck me as being so important: through prayer and supplication. So we are invited to pray to God and plead with God about everything of importance and even those things that may seem trifling to us in the bigger scheme of things.
“With thanksgiving”. I almost missed those two words in the reading. When we speak to God in prayer and supplication, we are to do it “with thanksgiving”. This implies an inner understanding that God is going to answer our prayers. What a blessing! And alongside answered prayers we will receive the peace of God, the kind of peace that we cannot fully comprehend on the human level. And this peace will keep us fully connected to Jesus Christ. Amen!
30 June 2014