“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” – Philippians 4:6-9
The peace that passes all understanding. Maybe you’ve seen this peace in someone who was enduring a difficult, frightening, or trying time and admired it. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourselves. That uncommon, supernatural, incomprehensible peace that stands in the face of a situation that is screaming chaos, pain, or fear at you.
How does one receive this super natural peace in the time of trouble? Philippians gives us that answer. The answer is prayer, but not just any prayer, a prayer of faith and this opening passage encompasses the elements thereof. So let’s dissect them for clarity sake.
First the word translated to “careful” here actually means, “being full of cares, worries, or anxieties“. The author tells us not to be so, but instead to take our concerns to the Lord in prayer and “supplication“. The word “supplication” encompasses all the elements of “earnest seeking, asking, entreating, and petitioning the Lord“. Therefor, before you panic and start taking actions led of your emotions which are so easily manipulated by the enemy and serve only to cloud your heart and mind, seek the Lord first.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33
Seek the Lord for His perspective and wisdom on the situation, lay your concerns before Him and see what He has to say about them. Often times He will change your perspective on it, sometimes He will show you His plan for it, sometimes He will give you a promise by way of it, and always He will encourage, guide, and direct you through it.
The first step to praying any prayer of faith is to stop and seek the Lord, only then can you get a word from Him in which to have faith in, for if He says it, it will surely be, no matter what it looks or feels like.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:11
Once you have sought the Lord, laid your petitions and concerns before Him, and received His Words, you must then build and express your faith in them through thanksgiving!
“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;” – 1 Chronicles 16:8-12
Praise Him in faith! No matter how impossible what He has told you may seem at the moment, express and build your faith in who He is and what He can do with thanksgiving.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
Make it a point to always end your prayers thanking God intently for who He is, thank Him for what He has done, thank Him for what He is doing, and thank Him for what He will do! Expressing faith, builds faith in the same manner that expressing love builds more love. Having said that, above all, remember to express faith in His love. For when we do, we abide in it and those who are reminded that they abide in the King’s love, know that they have nothing to fear.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalms 27:1
Lastly, meditate on the goodness of the Lord. All the wonderful things He has done, the many blessings and miracles He has preformed. Encourage yourself in the Lord and let faith arise.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” – Philippians 4:6-9