In seasons of shock, sorrow, fear, and discouragement, when it feels like everything is displaced or disrupted, eventually we start feeling tired. That’s where many of us are today—completely worn out.
“My finances are a mess. What am I going to do?”
“Okay, we just got a positive COVID test. Nobody can leave the house now.”
“What are we going to do about group restrictions at Christmas when we’re trying to have family time?”
Gradually all these things start to get to us. That’s what happens. The weights pile up, and we find ourselves exhausted.
So I just want to take a moment and share strength with you. That’s what Paul did in Philippians 4. He knew the secret to experiencing peace even in difficult times, and all these years later, that precious secret still ministers to believers in Jesus—men and women of God who choose to respond in faith as they put their trust in Him.
Tapping Into God’s Strength
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6–7 NASB)
Do you see what Paul wrote here?
“Do not be anxious about anything.” In this crazy season when you could be anxious for many things, choose to be anxious for nothing. May the truth of God be your blanket and your comforting fire.
“But in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” In other words, ask your heavenly Father for what you need and plead with Him for those things. Let Him know what your heart, your mind, your business, and your household require, and do so in thankfulness. Choose to be thankful in this season when being thankful might be hard.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” What is the result of choosing to be anxious for nothing, being thankful, and asking God for what you need? An incredible peace that is otherworldly and doesn’t even make sense. The peace of God will step in and act as a guard around your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.
A Prayer for Peace and God’s Glorious Rescue
The following prayer might seem like a small thing, but I believe the Lord transports His strength to us through our prayers. So purposefully pray the following words in faith. Take them seriously, and pray this prayer as many times as you need to over the following weeks:
Father, I ask that Your presence would surround my family and me in this season. May we find ourselves wrapped in an indescribable blanket of Your peace. Please release Your strength to us. My family and I need a breakthrough, and today we ask that You would rain the solution on us. You give to all people in Your generosity, and today we pull on these words by faith: God, would You answer this prayer with the breakthrough we need? We need You now. Come deliver Your rescue to us, because You’re real and that’s what You do—You rescue Your children.
Finally, I pray for anyone who is weary or worn out, anyone who is dealing with fatigue, concern, or worry. To those hearts, I speak, “Peace,” and I remind you that this struggle, too, will come to pass. God is our Defender. By definition, that’s who He is, and it’s not a matter of “if” with Him. It is a matter of “when.”
This blog is published with persmission from Stephen K De Silva. Orginally posted on https://stephenkdesilva.com/blog/2020/11/27/a-good-reminder-when-you-feel-exhausted on November 27th, 2020.