Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all that you do. Remember the Lord is coming soon. Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.
And now, brothers, as I close this letter let me say this one more thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4: 4-9 (TLB)
Jeffrey Krodel lives in Pennsylvania. His family was celebrating the birth of their second child, a healthy baby boy. Then, in less than two weeks, they were fearful they were losing him after such a short time. At just 13 days old he contracted respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). His son was fighting for his life, and Jeffrey was powerless to help him.
The first night that he was in pediatric intensive care, they were not allowed to touch or hold him. Jeffrey can clearly recall the turmoil he felt inside. He also clearly recalls the soothing peace that he felt as their pastor and prayer group called. They took the moment to pray together, and that moment of prayer helped to ease Jeffrey's fear. We prayed that the peace and understanding the apostle Paul spoke of would guard their hearts. While the remainder of the time their son spent in the hospital before coming home would be difficult, their prayer on the first night helped ease their fears.
In moments of anxiety and fear it is easy to lose sight of God's presence. But when we feel that life is spiraling out of control, we will find peace when we bring our struggle to God in prayer.
Prayer: Dear Lord, today we are afraid. But we know that in all things you are with us. Fill our hearts with your peace. Thank you for the care you have given us through the gift of Jesus Christ. In his name we pray. Amen.