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Day Three
Pastor David Biewald
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:6-7 (NIV)

When my nephew was young, he had one of those inflatable hamster balls that he could get inside. Often, he would bump into some unexpecting victim and laugh as they fell over, and then laugh harder as they tried to hit him but couldn’t because his ball protected him. But, of course, after he got out of the ball, it was a different story; he was fair game! 

This verse reminds me of that story, Paul tells us not to be overcome with anxiety about anything but pray about the things that cause us to worry, and then he tells us that God’s peace will then act as a guard to our hearts and minds. Kind of like my nephew’s bubble that kept the things he bumped into from touching him. That is the same way the peace of God will keep us when we bring it to God in prayer. How can we afford not to have a safeguard covering and protecting us in this climate? Anxiety can be crippling, and we need to learn to address it to be healthy in our minds continually. 

The good news is that if you aren’t feeling that peace and assurance currently, you can start turning over your anxieties to God in prayer, allowing the peace of God to be your shield and defense. It takes intentional focus and practice to learn how to bring it to God first, rather than letting it fill you first with worry, whatever IT is. 

PRAYER: Father, I pray that you would help us to present everything to you in prayer, that you’d give us the desire to pray and the grace to turn over our anxieties and worries to you. In the meantime, allow your peace to act as our guard during this season. In Jesus’ name, Amen.