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. Philippians 4: 6-7
A search of the word Trust in my blog yielded 10 pages each containing between 3 to 4 posts on the subject. Hmmm…
God has been working hard in my soul to teach me how to completely trust and rely on Him and Him alone…but I’m not there yet. If you ask me…I’m not even close! This time, His lesson has taken me to the fourth chapter of the Letter to the Philippians, which I’m finding to be one of my favorite spots in the Bible. It is a part of Scripture that brings me great comfort and hope…and on the road to trusting God, sensing His comfort and His hope are essential.
This is also where I’m finding out important secrets of the faith. Not secrets as in nobody-must-know-about-this type of secret…secret as in clues or steps, tips…revelations to get somewhere or to achieve something.
Today’s secret has to do with how prayer leads to trust and reliance on God.
First, we find comfort in the knowledge that the Lord is near! (Philippians 4: 5) Therefore, we know that we can communicate with Him at all times. And the way to establish this communication is prayer. Prayer is like a direct line to God that is never out of service. It is better than an unlimited data plan. It’s like a limitless family plan that covers all the way to infinity and beyond!
God has opened the door to Him and the way through the threshold is on our knees.
The Most High, Our Heavenly Father commands us through the words of Paul, to NOT be anxious about anything! Do you know how big that is for an anxiety-ridden soul like mine?! It’s mind blowing! And the secret to not being anxious is what? Praying!
The secret to freedom from the bondage of anxiety is to pray…to petition…to ask Him, and to be thankful.
Praying, constantly communicating with God about everything that is going on in my life, bringing all my neediness, fears and sorrows to Him and appreciating Him for who He is and for His nearness would open up the floodgates of peace…and with that peace trust would come rushing in. And that complete reliance on the One who is in charge would eventually dissolve anxiety in the calming waters of the River of Life!
Prayer, not so much panicky prayers, but confident prayers, prayers that rest on the knowledge that the battle has already been won regardless of what life may look like in the here and now, is the first secret, the first step to a victorious life of trust in the Most High.