“My worries keep me awake at night.”
“I’m weary of all the same problems.”
“Taking care of all this leaves me exhausted.”
You are tired and you don’t know when you are going to get some relief. You turn to others and receive this advice.
“Take some time for yourself!”
“Let go of your worries!”
Easy enough words to say, but it often doesn’t end up helping.
Along with immediate relief from challenges, I believe what we are really craving when we are tired and weary are peace and strength. We can find both in our mighty and powerful God, who can see us through little and big problems.
The first passage that I can remember choosing to memorize on my own as an adult is Philippians 4:6-7, a beautiful passage about peace.
“Do not be anxious 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.” (ESV)
There are a lot of avenues today offering us peace. But without the peace of God in your life, they will fall short of what we need to live our lives as God meant us to.
“Letting our requests be made known to God” is the key to that peace of God guarding your heart in Christ Jesus. I know it sounds a lot like “Pray more!” but I gently and boldly encourage you to do this.
As you supplicate, meaning “entreat someone in power for help or a favor” (from vocabulary.com), you are, in prayer,
- Asking for help from the Creator of the universe
- Thanking Him for what He has already done in your life, which can be such a key to having a heart at peace. You remember what He has done and that He can do it again.
- Trusting Him to provide this unimaginable and amazing peace that will “guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
I’d like to note that the passage doesn’t end with “and everything will be OK”, “and you will get what you want”, or “your problems will go away”. But He has promised in these verses to provide you the peace you need.
I’ll be back next week with encouragement on finding the strength you need in Jesus.