6/25/08 Daily Devotional
One Prayer Daily Devotional
By Tim Stevens, Executive Pastor, Granger Community Church
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.
Wow. That is a huge statement. Do not be anxious about anything. With war and sickness, tornadoes and flooding, high gas prices and economic uncertainty in the headlines every day, how is it possible not to be anxious? Even small things can trip me up, like how many emails I still havenâ€™t answeredâ€”or how Iâ€™m going to get through the pile on my desk so I can get to my kids track meet.
Is this an unrealistic expectation? How in the world are we supposed to never be anxious about anything?
Itâ€™s pretty cool that God gives us the answer in the same verse. I think He is acknowledging that there will be plenty to be anxious about. We can carry the load if we want, but He wants us to talk to Him about it. There is an unexplainable peace that comes when we lay our requests at the feet of Jesus. The problems donâ€™t go away, but we have the strength to face them, and Jesus protects our hearts and minds from an overwhelming anxiety.
Could it be that God is binding our churches together to show the world a different way to respond to the problems around us? Perhaps our One Prayer today could be, â€œGod, give me the grace to rely on you every minute today, whatever happens or doesnâ€™t happen, that I will experience your incomprehensible peace.â€
What are you turning over to God today?