Imagine the possibilities…
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. Whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous and praiseworthy — meditate on these things.”
There are some specific things that Paul tells the church in Philippi to focus and meditate on so that their minds can be right with God. If we can clear out our mind and fill it with thoughts that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous and praiseworthy, imagine the possibilities of what we as Christians can accomplish together.
In this passage, Paul also talks about prayer and having an attitude ready for worship. The thanksgiving he talks about it in verse six shapes our prayers with gratitude. In response, the peace of God brings power to endure everything thrown our way mentally, physically and emotionally. The peace calms a troubling situation when logical explanations fail to help us. In the end, peace keeps anxieties from reaching our hearts and minds, which determines what kind of choices we make and what kind of attitude we have.
Basically, this kind of prayer for peace that Paul talks about is like having a deep, one-on-one conversation with your best friend that knows everything about you. From the day you were born, throughout your childhood, through the good and the bad times of your life, God knows everything that happened. He understands us and everything that we’re going through. If we just simply believe that Jesus Christ has the power to give us a peaceful, healthy and spiritual mind, He can do it. He can do anything. The peace and love of God transcends anything in our minds. Through that alone, we can clear our minds, focus on God and live a righteous lifestyle that is pleasing to the eyes of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This week, let your requests be known to God. Pray with Him and listen to what to what He has to say. Let His presence fill you with peace and understanding, so that you can take one whatever obstacles you have to face in your life.