“ The peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (nasb)
What is meant by “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension”?
Author and Scottish minister Robert Jamieson wrote this about the connection between peace and prayer: “Thanksgiving gives effect to prayer and frees us from anxious carefulness by making all God’s dealings a matter for praise, not merely for resignation, much less murmuring. Peace is the companion of thanksgiving.”
During stressful times we must persist and never give up. But what should you do if you’ve prayed and given your worry to God and it comes back a few minutes later? Don’t give up—that’s what. Remember that the bigger or heavier the fear or problem, the more times you may need to give it to God until you have really let go of it. If the fear recurs, don’t say, “Well, this isn’t working.” Instead, stop and give your worry to God again. Each time you’ll get a little more victory. Peace will increase until your mind is at rest concerning the matter. Rest means mental and spiritual tranquility, freedom from all worries. And that’s often when the creative solution or insight of what you’re to do will come to mind—when you’re at mental and emotional rest.
Receiving God’s peace is a matter of yielding to Him and receiving what He freely offers. Peace isn’t what you conjure up to make yourself feel better about the situation. It’s not affirming self-talk, but savoring the peace of God—a peace we can’t fathom or measure—that will transform your very thoughts. Christ’s whole nature is peace. He is the Prince of Peace.
Lord, please guard my heart and my mind. Please restore peace in my life. Amen.
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