January 23, 2017

Forty Days to Flourish: Day 15

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

Welcome to a new week of Scripture meditation!  This week, we will be thinking about the promise in Philippians 4:6-7.  As you focus your thoughts on this passage, it will free you from the anxieties that have so often hindered you from flourishing in life. If you know how to worry, you know how to meditate!  Meditation is often misunderstood and confused with some difficult, mysterious ritual practiced by isolated monks and mystics.  Whether you’ve been with us the past couple of weeks or you’re just joining us this week for our 40 Days to Flourish adventure, you will discover that meditation is simply focused thinking.  It’s a skill that anyone can learn and use anywhere at any time.  In fact, you and I do it naturally when we worry.  I like the way my friend, Pastor Rick Warren puts it:

“When you think about a problem over and over in your mind, that’s called worry. When you think about God’s Word over and over, that’s meditation. If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate! You just need to switch your attention from your problems to Bible verses. The more you meditate on God’s Word, the less you will have to worry about.”

God still uses meditation today in our lives. While you can’t spend all your day studying the Bible, you can think about it throughout the day. Here’s the simple plan for meditation we’ve been using:

  • Read the passage for today.
  • Recite it phrase by phrase as you consider the meaning.
  • Reciting it will help you remember it as you memorize the passage for the week.
  • Don’t rush it.  You have all week. Reflect on it throughout the day and look for its application in our life.

As you develop the practice of reviewing the truth in your mind, thinking about it over and over, the more you will understand the “secrets” of this passage and experience the promises it offers.

Today, Lord, I exchange my worries for prayer and meditation on Your promise of peace.  Thank You that I can cast all my anxieties and cares upon You because You care about me.  Help me today to replace my thoughts about worry with Your Word and trust You to work all things for my good.