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)
There is no need to worry about anything. When I have a need, I present my request to God, believing and trusting that no matter what I lay before Him, He answers me. The phrase “with thanksgiving” in this verse means that I have assurance—that I believe He will take of any concern. I release my need to Him because I believe that the Savior who gave His life for me does not leave me or forsake me. I am not anxious, and I do not beg Him. He is faithful to take care of me. I experience His peace because my peace is not dependent on anything I do. My peace is dependent on who Jesus is in my life. When I know who He is, I trust Him completely. Trusting Him carries the weight of any burden. Without question, I trust His answer and His results.
Do you often feel defeated and alone? When the circumstances of life overwhelm you, you will feel abandoned if you do not believe He loves you. The Holy Spirit continually speaks peace to your heart, but if you don't believe in the goodness and faithfulness of your Savior, you will not hear Him assuring you. When you have fear, you question Jesus’ love for you. But when you have a revelation of His love for you, you believe Him without question, and that belief shapes your mind. You believe His perfect love casts out your fear. You trust His character. Jesus, who saved you, takes care of you. You have His peace.
The Lord has an answer for what burdens your heart. The answer is trust. If you do not have a Holy-Spirit directed revelation of His love for you, ask Him. Do not worry or be anxious about anything. In whatever happens, present your request to God. Praise Him. Look for revelation in His Word. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15, NIV).
Confidence in Jesus is trusting Him. We have the confidence to approach God because He is our loving Father that we can go to with anything. Jesus opened the door to His presence. We have not, when in disbelief, we ask not.
You give up your struggle for control when you release everything to Him. And without that struggle, fear fades away. Ask in faith, believing. When you trust and allow, His peace is yours. And there is nothing like it.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher