After I finished up my OT reading this morning, I did a quick read of Philippians. Paul wrapped up with some words which have become embraced by countless Christians. He said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests by known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7).
Two things struck me. First, we should let our requests be known “with thanksgiving.” See, asking with thanksgiving moves us from worry to faith! That’s because praying with thanksgiving always involves remembering both what the Lord has done and what He is yet to do. We might say this is a faith building exercise of sorts.
The second thing that drew my attention was the phrase “guard your hearts.” I thought, “Guard my heart against what?” Well, the peace God gives guards us against the worry which can bring damage to our faith. Yes, worry is a big time faith crusher. That’s why it’s so imperative that we mediate on what God has done and what God can do. We must remember that the God we serve is not a puny powerless god who cares to make no difference in our lives. Instead, our God is a mighty God who invites us to share in His greatness. See, our faith is to be a worry crusher! “Lord Jesus, thank You for Your goodness. Thank you for all of the amazing things You have already done in my life. Thank You for watching over me. And thank You for the great things You are yet to do on my behalf.”