The world has it reversed when it shows peace comes when we have enough money, possessions, security systems, insurance, etc. If someone begins from that stand point , he will never have enough of those items. When we begin with God and express gratitude for what we do have; that is when we experience peace! Philippians 4:6 reads, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” As we pray with that verse, we can recognize our every need is met by God.
While working at my desk this morning, the thought of depression came into my thinking. It seems to be widespread throughout with different types of medication and therapy thrown at you. If someone believes in this human world and are waiting for things to run smoothly in our government and world affairs, they are going to be sorely disappointed. John 14:27 reads, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” We need to look through God’s (Love’s) eyes and see what He sees. There seem to be more people praying about our world than ever before. This is a good thing.
There was a time when my prayers consisted of pleading for myself and immediate family or friends and then, humanly outlining the outcome. It would have never occurred to me to pray for the world. Somewhere along the way, my desire to know more about God and my relationship to Him expanded. Humbly, I learned to still my thoughts and listen for guidance and direction. That time, to me, is being on Holy Ground. And yes, my prayers include the world and asking to see what God sees in every situation.
Often I begin my prayer with Psalm 100:4 where it reads, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” I am then, ready to listen.
Today, I will listen carefully to what I am mentally entertaining. Frequently, I will ask myself “Am I listening to God” or to world thought, which daily bombards us with fear, anxiety, worry and apathy? If I feel my thoughts darkening, I will correct them immediately and proclaim “God is watching over me”.
2 Corinthians 10:5 states, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Every day brings new blessings. Some may appear to be challenges, when actually, they bring us out of the complacency and mesmerism of this world. Others will reveal God’s presence as birds singing, flowers blooming, family and friends. All things Good are from God. Colossians 2:2-3 reads, “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”