Php 4:6-7 says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension , will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Background to the Verse: Philippians is one of my favorite books! This book has so many inspiring and encouraging principles for believers to grow, learn, and apply to our hearts and minds. In the first chapter, Paul lets us know he is jail. Paul tells the church that the Gospel is actually progressing in spite of his being in jail! In the second chapter we see the awesome measures Christ took to be with us, and bring God low to us. He left heaven and all its riches and glory to our servant and savior!
In the third chapter Paul teaches the church that our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await Jesus’ return for His people.
Breaking down the verse:
“Be anxious for nothing”–Or, “don’t worry about anything!” Isn’t this the struggle of every human every day?! Worry, anxiety, doubt, and confusion take up so much of our thinking time. Worries and anxiety will come, but God teaches us that it doesn’t have to stay like this. Instead we should…
“but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” Now we have a tradeoff, don’t worry, pray. Instead of being anxious, use your energy to pray. Sometimes we ask each other “have you prayed about it?” To those who are not in the habit of praying, this seems too simple. We think “yeah I’ll pray, but I need to do something too, right?” Doesn’t God help those who help themselves?” Of course we need to use our brains, and the principles of Scripture to guide what we do. When we pray instead of worrying, we are sending a message to God and our hearts. That message is “God I want You to handle this.” To our self we are saying “you don’t have to take on the world and put all life’s problems on your shoulders.” God is both better at problems than us and He desires to handle them! Good deal for us.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guards your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This verse is getting better and better. So far, don’t worry pray. Now we can add to this and receive God’s peace. So, we can sum up things like this: don’t worry pray, and receive God’s peace. The world gives anxiety, doubt and confusion. With this also comes pride in handling things ourselves and produces self-reliance. God’s way is for you to hand over the problem to Him, receive peace in the exchange, and receive a guard for your heart and your mind. When God “guards our hearts and mind” he keeps us from the negative effect of worry and doubt. Peace is our guard. Science has already confirmed the association between stress/worry/anxiety and health. Don’t worry, pray, and receive God’s peace and the guarding of your heart and mind.
Putting this into daily practice: So, someone in your life has recently had to go to the hospital. The worry and anxiety comes on you like a dark cloud immediately. Recognize this and immediately began to pray something like-“God please help this person out. They need you more than me. You are the one to heal and save them if this is your will. Please use me where you think I can help. Thank you that I don’t have to take this on by myself. Thank you for what you will do to help this problem out. Replace my worry with your peace, in your time. In Christ’s name, Amen.”