“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)
In yesterdays Lectio Divina we read about “perfect peace” promised to those whose minds are “stayed on God”. Maybe you’re still wondering how you really do that. I mean there are so many distractions that cause my mind to wander and before long, I’ve lost the peace of mind I once had and instead, I find myself getting anxious or worried. Maybe you’re saying “I’m a worry wart. It’s just my nature and I can’t seem to stop worrying about everything. How can I experience ‘perfect peace?”
Here’s some good news. If you are a chronic worrier, then will be one of the most effective at learning this ancient art of Lectio Divina. Worry is simply meditating on bad things that haven’t happened yet. Meditation in a sense is “positive worrying”. It’s using all that energy and thought in a positive way as you fill your mind with God’s Word and build your faith. So take a moment now and ask God to renew your mind with His truth today, spend some quiet moments in His presence meditating on the passage today in Philippians. Read it out loud several times with emphasis on a separate phrase in the passage each time. Read it slowly. What is the passage saying to you personally? Read it again. What does God want you to do? Notice His part and your part in this passage. It’s almost like the verse is saying, “If you will…then I will…”
How would your life be different if you applied this truth in your life? What’s stopping you? Start doing it today. Each time you feel yourself becoming anxious and tempted to worry about something, choose to pray about it and give it back to God. Let Him handle the situation. Then thank Him for hearing you and for all He’s done. Replace the worry about what might happen with thankfulness for all that has happened that is good. List the benefits in this passage that God wants you to experience through the simple exercise of prayer. Write them down and claim them in your life. They are yours! Enjoy the refreshing presence of His peace that passes all understanding and guards your heart and mind as you live in Christ Jesus. That’s perfect peace!