“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
…but how? What does this look like? What is this “peace” and ‘guarding of the heart and mind’ like?
In my personal experience, this is perhaps one of the most thorough tests of a Believer’s faith in God’s infinite power, infinite presence, and infinite knowledge.This passage is practically telling the Believer to go to God in prayer any situation. In doing so, you must thank Him for the grace, mercy and blessings He has given you in your life. Then, you get down to ‘business’ with what you need Him to take care of in your life at that time. You don’t do this only once, but often, because God isn’t annoyed by your humble reliance upon Him.Now, the “peace of God” isn’t an automatic phenomenon that just ‘happens’. This is where your faith is tested. After you have prayed to God for help, do you truly believe He will help you? Do you trust Him, in all of His sovereignty and perfect will, to work out your situation in a way that only He can?God is unquestionable in perfection, and INFINITELY powerful beyond comprehension. The ‘peace’ comes from knowing you have just placed such a God in control of your situation; and so whatever happens, you can’t lose because you know whatever God does is according to His perfect plan for your life (Romans 8:28*). When your faith begins to fade – as it undoubtedly will – you pray some more [with petition] and remind yourself of who God is. If you do, you will find yourself at unbelievable ease despite what you’re going through…and once you realize it, you’ll actually be amazed [beyond understanding].
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
– Romans 8:28