Edited by L.J. Acker
6 Fret not about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
All of us worry with anxiety whenever we face problems, from the smallest to the largest, and as an automatic response to clear this dissonance, we want to fix things right then and there as we’re caught up in negative thoughts and feelings. God says worrying is an unnecessary waste of time and energy. Rather, we should focus our energies on prayer: higher thoughts and requests that open us up to Divine inspiration and action.
During times of trouble, it seems we allow ourselves to surrender to worry and anxiety as a default reaction. We must use our higher thoughts instead by keeping our prayers of thanks focused on God’s protection and peace. In doing so, we are saying no to Satan’s invitation to turn our attentions to negative and deconstructive thoughts which in turn leads us to negative actions and consequences. Satan will steal our joy and kill our peace, tormenting us if we give him the chance.
I can say that I’ve allowed worry take over me when my family was experiencing financial difficulty. We had a debt that was stressing me out, leaving my thoughts to wander to all sorts of negativity despite the fact that my husband and I were doing everything we could to deal with it. One day, at work, I turned my thoughts and prayers to God and opened myself up to Him instead of the default negative thoughts and feelings. And by doing so, in the stillness, His voice assured me that just as He did during the previous periods of financial difficulty in my life, with even bigger debts mind you, he lead me through and now, of all moments, was a time to remember that and to choose His peace.
The simple act of prayer is like a lost ship maintaining its sights on a light house’s guiding beam in a storm. God guides us and protects us through the storm by keeping our hearts and minds through Christ’s love. Upon further examination of the word “keep” we learn that God will watch over, care for, maintain His promises, maintain in good working order and through this keeping, God gives us peace of mind and a tranquil spirit.
God’s promise of peace throughout tumultuous times is what allows us to focus on His work in our lives and our purpose in serving Him. God knows that peace is that safe harbor that keeps us from worry, Satan’s torment, which prevents us from fulfilling our purpose and living in love. The more we worry, the less we can focus on our good work.
Knowing that God has it all under control frees us up mentally and emotionally to be open to solutions, to think clearly, to work more effectively, and to stay focused on God’s plan for our lives. Our mind is like a bucket. If it’s full of negative thoughts and worries, we can’t have enough space for peace, love, and understanding. Whenever times get tough, choose God and His love and peace will set you free.