Dr. Dan Hayden •
Having to ask for a favor can be a humbling experience, right? But then, look on the bright side—there’s a double benefit in that. You usually get what you asked for, and you also get humility. Not bad!
So you’d rather experience peace in your heart than worry, right? Well, that all depends on whether or not you’re willing to humble yourself and ask God to help you.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God….shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
So, here’s the point: replacing worry with peace centers around your willingness to ask God for His help in everything.
This word request in the Greek text of scripture comes from a verb that has the idea of a request made by someone who is in a lesser position than the one to whom the request is being made.
It’s the peasant asking the King. It’s the citizen asking the President. It’s the son asking the father. Actually, it is a word of dependence.
- It’s saying, “I’m not in charge here – He is.”
- It’s saying, “I’m not in control of these things – He is.”
- It’s humbling yourself before God and admitting that you need His strength and provision.
Listen, you can’t have peace without prayer, and true prayer is acknowledging your dependence upon god – for everything. So, here’s the key to knowing God’s peace: “…let your requests be made known to God.” Humble yourself and ask Him.
Hey – don’t worry about it. Just ask God to take care of it for you. ■