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Finding Peace in Anxiety

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


I don’t think there is any debate that anxiety has seen a significant increase in the United States. According to the CDC, post-COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a surge in anxiety and depressive symptoms among adults in the U.S. Economic instability, job losses, financial strain, and social disruptions have contributed to heightened anxiety levels. Many individuals faced challenges related to employment, housing, and basic needs, leading to increased stress and anxiety. The speed at which technology is advancing and constant connectivity can exacerbate anxiety. Social media, information overload, and the pressure to stay connected can contribute to feelings of overwhelm and anxiety. These are just a few reasons for an increase in things we may be anxious about. Of course, Satan is overjoyed by crippling anxiety. The more fearful we become, the happier he is. 


However, today’s passage holds the key to finding God’s peace amid the chaos. Here’s what it says:


Prayer and Petition: The scripture encourages us to bring all our concerns to God through prayer. Instead of letting anxiety overwhelm us, we are to communicate with God, openly sharing our worries and desires.


With Thanksgiving: It’s important to approach God with a grateful heart, acknowledging the blessings we already have. This attitude of gratitude shifts our focus from our problems to God's goodness.


Present Your Requests: We are invited to be specific in our prayers, telling God exactly what we need. Laying our requests before God is an exercise of faith and trust in His provision.


Peace of God: We trust in God’s promise that he will guard our hearts and minds. This peace is not just a feeling; it’s a deep-seated assurance from trusting God, which is beyond human understanding.


In Christ Jesus: The peace offered is in the context of a relationship with Christ. We have access to this peace through Him, as He connects us to the Father and His comforting presence.


In practical terms, to find peace in God amid anxiety, one can:


  • Set aside time for prayer each day, making it a priority to seek God’s presence.

  • Keep a gratitude journal, noting daily blessings, which can help maintain a thankful attitude.

  • Meditate on Scripture, especially on promises of God’s care and provision.

  • Seek fellowship with other believers who can pray with and for you, offering mutual support.

  • Engage in worship, whether through music, nature, or art, as a way to connect with God and experience His peace. An easy way to do this is to tune in to a gospel radio station, feeling our hearts with songs and testimonies of encouragement. (If you like contemporary gospel, check out K-LOVE.)


This peace may not come instantly, but through consistent practice of these principles, one can grow in their experience of God’s peace.


Heavenly Father, we come before You with hearts burdened by anxiety and worry. You remind us not to be anxious about anything but to bring our concerns before You.


Lord, we present our requests to You, laying before You our fears, uncertainties, and challenges. We lift our loved ones, health, work, and future. We trust that You hear our petitions.  


We approach Your throne with thanksgiving for Your faithfulness, promises, and peace that surpasses understanding. Even when circumstances seem overwhelming, we thank You for Your presence and provision.  

 

Grant us the peace that only You can give. May it envelop us, calm our anxious thoughts, and guard our hearts against fear. Help us fix our minds on You, knowing You are in control.  


In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.


Blessings,

Pastor Tim



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