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.
We live in scary times. There is always something to worry about; sometimes trivial, sometimes serious, but worry is often a part of life. Three years ago, I faced a serious health concern. A tumor growing in me presented a life changing, if not life ending scenario. A couple of surgeons told me that surgery was too risky and they would not do it. A third surgeon suggested removal. Was I worried? Of course. Worry was an under-statement, terrified was more like it. But what could I do about it? The surgeon was highly rated. The hospital was excellent. Doing nothing was not an option. I faced the reality of the situation knowing that I had no control over what was to happen.
Realizing that prayer was the best and frankly, the only option for me, a great weight was lifted from my mind. When I turned the problem over to the Prince of Peace, it was as if the old catchphrase took over, “let go, let God”. The “peace that passes all understanding” was now helping to carry the burden.
There is incredible power and potential in prayer. Through prayer, we invite the God of the Universe into a situation and into our lives. Prayer changes things, but even more, prayer changes us. When we name our worries, our fears, in prayer, we rest them in God’s hands. Someone has said, “When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find that God lives there.” And to this kind of dependency comes real strength, real peace, the peace that passes all understanding.
Gracious God, thank you for being with me at all times, but especially when I am feeling anxious. Your presence in my life is my rock and my strength enabling me to endure whatever the world throws at me, and allows me to live my life in peace. Amen.