Last week we looked at James 4:7 which says in the NLT, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We talked about how we needed to come in alignment with God’s word so we could make the devil flee. We also talked about how we had to pray and talk to God about our situations. A couple weeks ago, my pastor Esther was teaching on prayer and she said, “It takes humility to pray.” Going to God with our problems takes humility on our part. We first have to acknowledge we have a problem, realise that that problem is bigger than us and so be willing to take it to God in prayer.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.”
Our verse today tells us exactly what to avoid and what to do when we are facing stressful times or when we feel our peace slipping away. One way to stop being pulled in different directions is to know what God says about the situation. We talked about this 2 weeks ago. Knowing what God says about the situation puts us in a position of strength. But to do that we have to pray. We have to pray with the intention of hearing from heaven. Prayer is about 2 way communication. We talk God listens and He talks and we listen.
Our verse also tells us how to pray. We don’t beg God to pretty please do something to help us. That is not faith filled prayer. That’s anxiety driven, fear filled prayer. God is already on your side, you don’t have to convince Him. Our prayers need to be based on the word of God. God Your word says this and I am standing on Your word because Your word says You watch over Your word to perform it. It’s all about His word. God is faithful to keep His word. Not what you think is right or should happen. So we pray faith-filled bible based prayers overflowing with gratitude because we know God will prove Himself faithful.
So, if God is faithful to keep His word, we should have security in that. Knowing if we do what His word says to do, He will do what His word says He will do. If we tell Him every detail of our lives, that is we invite God into our situations, He will make sure that His wonderful peace which surpasses understanding will guard our hearts and our minds. How awesome is that? To have peace guarding your heart and your mind! We all want that and the bible tells us exactly how to get it. Invite God in. Let God into every area of your life. This is how we get peace to enter our lives.
So, we have learnt to take captive every thought to the obedience of Christ, ask for a rhema word from God over the situation, make sure we are submitted to God and we are actively resisting the devil and pray and invite God into every area of our lives and give Him thanks. When we have done all that, what do we do next whilst we wait on our prayers to be answered? Philippians 4:8 says, “Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”
We make sure our thoughts align with God’s word. We keep our faith up. Our faith is not based on feelings or what we can see with our natural eyes. Our faith is based on the word of God. If God said He will help you in your time of trouble, you better believe that He means He will help you in your time of trouble. If He says He will give you peace, if you pray and invite Him in, that is exactly what He will do. So, we fix our thoughts on what His word says and receive the peace He has already given us so we do not need to live afraid whilst He works. We can be at peace whilst God is working out the kinks in our lives.
To go back full circle, God’s peace is real and it is for you. You can have peace in every situation. You don’t need to live stressed out, fearful or anxious. That’s not God’s plan for you.
Love and blessings