“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.”
Paul encourages us to bring all of our needs to God. When we, through prayer, lay everything at His feet, then the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will keep us. The key to peace is not having a calm life; it is laying all your troubles at the altar of God and having peace despite the raging storm in your life. Again, your peace is not dependent on your circumstances but instead on your prayer life.
When a need comes into your life, how do you respond? Do you worry? Do you try to fix it? Our first response should always be to take it to Jesus in prayer. Ask Him how He wants us to respond. Trust Him to guide you through the need, be it financial, relational, personal, etc. God has all wisdom and knows the future, so He alone knows the best approach to the circumstances of life. Our peace comes when we explain our need to Him, listen to His reply, and trust that He will fulfill His promise to provide for our every need and help us overcome trials and temptations.
The song, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” words it beautifully. The first verse states, “O, what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” How much needless pain and worry do we carry around everyday because we have not taken it to God in prayer? How much do we try to fix it ourselves when a loving God wants to take care of it for us? Trust God with your problems and the peace of God will fill your life. Even in the midst of great pain and suffering, Jesus can bring peace and joy in your heart.