“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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 minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).
There is a divine connection between prayer and peace. A divine connection that is undeniable. An often untapped resource in which through believing prayer we embrace the peace of God. The peace that transcends (that passes) all understanding. It is not a random, nebulous, temporary state defined by this world, but rather, it is all together otherworldly. It comes from no place else. It can be experienced in no other way. It is a gift from the Father to His children. It originates in heaven. From the throne of God. From the heart of God. A gift from Him. To us.
Does God wrestle with fear? Is He ever wrought with doubt? Does He tremble with anxiety? Of course not! He is God. He is sovereign. And He alone is God.
This is the very peace of mind He offers to us through Jesus. Through prayer. A peace that guards our hearts and minds. Why? Because our hearts and minds are where the Enemy so often attacks.
The Apostle Paul utilizes a military analogy when he pens, “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” The word “guard” can be understood as a garrison. A fortress. A place of seclusion. Of protection. Of strength.
His peace that is beyond comprehension. His peace that is experienced amidst tragedy. In the middle of lunacy. At the height of agony.
Peace that is granted to us from the throne room of heaven, and is a gift from the heart of God to those He loves.
Glory to God!