Jilda N. Jehu-Appiah
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?Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.? ? Philippians 4:6-7
This is one of the most comforting and encouraging texts in the Bible.
Believers can always find renewed strength here. The wonderful truth
is that God is present with us always. He is near to every believer
every moment of every day and He knows what we are going through.

Be anxious for nothing stands in contrast to worrying which reveal a
lack of trust in God?s sovereignty and power. As believers, we need to
realize that our confidence in life does not come from ourselves but
from the all powerful God of the universe. That is why Paul tells us
not to worry about anything. If we worry we are basically saying that
God cannot handle it. By contrast we are to take everything to God in
prayer and His peace will guard our hearts and minds. Believers, who
stand firm in Christ, respond to trials and endure hardship with
thankful prayer.

Jesus told His followers in the Sermon on the Mount. ?Do not worry
about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what
you will wear? Do not worry about tomorrow? (Matthew 6:25-34). We have
a heavenly Father who loves us, cares for us, and is able to help and
support us ? so why worry or be anxious?

But in everything by prayer and supplication. Paul emphasizes our
great need to take all things without exception to God in prayer. As
soon as we have a need or problem we are to take it to the Lord in
prayer. We present our requests to the Lord with trust, relying upon
His assured and gracious provision to help us in our times of need.

With thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. The attitude
we are to have when presenting our supplications to the Lord is one of
thankfulness trusting Him for the answers that He will reveal to us
through His Holy Spirit. God causes everything to work together for
our good and His glory.
?And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.? God will give us a peace
beyond understanding that will guard our heart and mind as we endure
and stand firm in the Lord. 1 Peter 5:10 says, ?After you have
suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to
His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen
and establish you.? Deuteronomy 31:6 reminds us that, ?God will not
leave us or forsake us.?

We can have this wonderful peace as believers. God will answer our
requests in His way and time, and will give us His peace which
surpasses all our comprehension. It is a peace that is greater than
anything we could ever imagine. It is a stable and securing factor
that will give us rest in our sovereign Lord. ?Therefore let us draw
near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive
mercy and find grace to help in time of need.? (Hebrews 4:16)

There needs to be daily surrender, and a renewed commitment to the
only One who guides us and keep us strong. Once we have peace with
God, we can then go on to enjoy the peace of God, day by day. ?You
will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he
trusts in you? (Isaiah 26:3).
Kwame Jilda

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