Peace and Comfort

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. Philippians 4:5-7 (TLB)

Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you might be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results. James 5:16 (TLB)

Charity M. Kiregyera is from Kampala, Uganda. One evening as she was preparing supper for the family, a saucepan full of boiling milk poured out onto her right leg - from her knee down to her foot. She cried out and ran to put her pain-wracked leg under the running water. When she remembered that she was scheduled to speak the very next day at a church in her village and then three days later at a church in another town, negative and fearful thoughts and questions began to surface. 'How will I walk to speak at church tomorrow? Should I send a message to the town church and tell them I cannot come?' These thoughts were joined by mental images of being in the hospital with a suspended leg. She was even thinking she might need to wear stockings all the time because of the big scar.

Then suddenly she realized she was not listening to the Lord. So she switched to reading Bible verses that talk about healing and started to pray. At this point, she could feel the pain even deep inside the leg, and it was excruciating. Yet, by the time she finished praying, all the pain was gone and no scar was left on her leg.

When we face difficult situations, worry and fear quickly grip us. But they do not solve any problems. What peace and comfort prayer and faith in God provide!

Prayer: Dear Lord, when we get into trouble, help us to look to you in faith and prayer instead of worrying, in Jesus' name, amen.

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