A Prayer for Laying Hold of God’s 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. Phil. 4:6-7
Dear Lord Jesus, I’ve memorized this Scripture, taught it, preached it, and prayed it for many struggling friends. Today, however, I’m laying hold of it for myself, for I need your heart-guarding, mind-centering peace. I know you’re not asking me to pretend and pose, for knowing you is the end to that way of life. And I know you’re not asking me just to “suck it up” and be strong, for you are gentle and humble of heart.
Jesus, it was you who turned the chaos of an unformed world into the beauty of creation; it was you to calmed the waves and storm in clear view of fearful disciples; it was you who spoke peace to the broken woman who washed your feet with her tears. Please do the same with all the chaos swirling around me and in me. Replace my restlessness and confusion with order and beauty, for you are the Prince of Peace.
For the things that grieve me, bring your tear-wiping hand. For the things that cause me fear, help me fix my gaze on you. For the things that offend me, keep me from a critical and selfish spirit. For the things that alarm me, grant me the perspective of heaven and gospel sanity. For the things that quicken feelings of shame, bring your mercy and grace to bear.
For the things over which I have no control, give me a fresh vision of the occupied throne of heaven. For the things I do have control over, grant me wisdom and strength to act accordingly. Please help me steward my anger, my sadness, and my weariness to your glory. I don’t want to waste this moment or these feelings.
Lord Jesus, I have no reason to doubt either your mercy or your might. You gave your life for us upon the cross and you’ve risen to make all things new. You are unremittingly advocating and praying for us. No one loves us more than you do. I have seen you do astonishing things before. Do astonishing things again. I’m tired and worn down.
Set the peace of God as a sentinel in my heart and mind. Great King of glory and grace, guard and protect my heart from the lies of Satan, the whisperings of gossip, and the cynicism of naysayers. So very Amen I pray, in your triumphant and trustworthy name.