We Can Relax in Grace Truth
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing”— pray the Pauline way… and relax in God’s grace!
Sometimes a friend will have to face a difficult situation. They usually will ask others and me to pray for them because they are terrified of the situation; perhaps an ominous medical procedure.
Then, you may phone them after the procedure, and they say that it was not as bad of an experience as they thought it would be. They then feel awful thinking they have “let the Lord down” for not trusting Him. This failure is the ‘weakness of the flesh,’ something that we shouldn’t worry or fret about. Today’s Scripture says we should not worry about having worried about something that is now past.
Being a Christian does not mean that we have automatic peace about everything. The way we experience God’s peace is by… praying the Pauline way. Notice today’s Scripture:
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Satan seeks to use corrupt doctrinal understandings to injure us internally. So many Christians suffer under corrupt understandings of God and His word… misapplying and misinterpreting Scripture.
Nevertheless, God has designed us to pray, this thereby leads to the Him “keeping (or guarding) of our hearts and minds.” Prayer is speaking to God… in light of His Word that applies to us.
The “word of God” spoken into our hearts, is reinforced in us when we pray according to it. His “word of truth” will then dominate and replace the false doctrine that has troubled our souls.
Thus, anxiety is the result of… not praying properly or … not praying at all.
Let us remember 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 in all times of difficulty:
“And he (the Lord) said unto me (Paul), My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”