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. —–Phillipians 4:6-7
In my youth, I was quick to question God. I would get into a bind, between a rock and a hard place, and I would pray a quick prayer for God to help me, to rescue me. I now realize, God doesn’t just want to hear from us when we have huge obstacles in our path.
He wants to hear from us about everything. He wants to be apart of every aspect of our life. He also wants to know we are thankful for His faithfulness and the blessings He has given us.
His desire is for us to pray about EVERYTHING, PRAISE Him in ALL situations, and WALK with Him daily.
Often, I wondered why He chose to answer some of my prayers, but not others. As an adult, I now realize God does answer my prayers. The answer just might not be what I was hoping for. Having faith and trust in Jesus Christ means I trust that His plans are better than mine and I have faith that He will have my best interest at heart.
Things that happen in our lives often make little sense….to the human heart. Many times, I can look at a situation in the moment… a loss of a loved one…a family in crisis….financial struggles…. loved ones chained in addictions…. and we wonder, “Why?”. We can’t possibly see that any good could come from these circumstances.
The powerful thing about a real relationship with God is this:
- Even though I cannot see anything but pain, sorrow, and hurt in the circumstances of my life, I know and can trust that He can make all things new. He can bring something good out of disastrous situations.
- Although my prayers might not be answered the way I would like for them to be, the peace of God will still wrap around me to accept things that are hard and painful and give me strength for the journey.
- God knows what you need before you ask it, or even realize it yourself. Walking with Him, leaning on Him, will release His power in your life in an unbelievable, life-altering way. He is just waiting for you to draw close to Him.
Today, commit to PRAISE Him in ALL things, even the problems you are faced with. When we choose to cling to Him, the trials of life help us to grow in our walk with Him. We become stronger, more faith-filled. His power can truly be unleashed in our lives. Bring your needs to Him and allow His peace to fill your heart and mind, trusting that He can bring good out of any situation. He loves you and His desire is for you to succeed in Him. Remember, to PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING…not just the mountains of your life that need to be moved. Make Him a part of EVERY aspect of your life.
With that, comes unexplainable peace. Knowing, believing, and trusting that everything will be okay….because God is in control. He is able. It’s a priceless gift. And He is just waiting to give it to YOU.