Sometimes peace seems beyond our grasp. The cares of our lives seem to crowd in around us, and the waves of anxiety threaten to completely overwhelm us!
There is an answer for these situations. It is found in the fruit of the Spirit, and prayer.
Why worry, when you can pray? This was a song I remember singing in Wednesday night prayer meeting when I was a boy. I have found that many times I live this completely backwards. Why pray, when you can worry!
There is a connection between the Holy Spirit, prayer, and the peace of God.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
What a wonderful pair of verses! How do we receive this peace of God? Prayer.
Let’s think about the process found in these verses.
First is the necessity of not thinking there is anything we should not bring to God in prayer.
“Be careful for nothing” literally means don’t think anything is too big, too small, to unimportant to bring to God. If it is a request, or a need of your heart, bring it to God.
Why would we do this? Well, first because we are encouraged to. Secondly because God is the only one able to meet all of our needs!
Secondly, we know that the Holy Spirit is our prayer partner.
“Well I wouldn’t even know how to pray about this situation!” someone says.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
The same Holy Spirit that bears fruit in our lives, is also our prayer partner. This is really a neat thought to me.
The Holy Spirit is God, we should not forget this.
As the third member of the Trinity, he dwells in us, and helps us pray to the Father.
As we take our petitions to the Father, the Holy Spirit gives us the peace of God in our hearts. Essentially this is the peace of knowing that God has heard our prayers. Who better to give us this peace than the Holy Spirit! He knows!
This peace passes all understanding. It doesn’t make sense to those without it, and it is even impossible for us to know how we could have such peace in such difficult circumstances. Yet it is there, right there in our soul.
Prayer bring peace to a troubled mind. I believe this is why we see the psalmist talk of prayer so much, and why we see the Apostle Paul mention prayer so much.
When a Christian’s life is fully engulfed in turmoil, and they are completely without peace; it is entirely possible, and likely, that they have neglected the peace that is available by taking their requests to God in prayer.
The Holy Spirit stands ready to give us peace, but we must be willing to come to God with our needs.
It is not peace without a reason. It is peace that passes all understanding. The reason for the peace is the Holy Spirit, and the knowledge that God is listening and watching over us.
So…have you sought that peace today?
Heavenly Father, so often I face the difficulties in my life with an abundance of worry. I know that I should pray, and yet so often I fail to do so. Sometimes I even weary of bringing the same things to you time and again; but this is my failure, not yours. You always stand ready to hear my prayer, and to deliver peace greater than the trial. Thank you for the ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life. Let me seek your face today, and always. In Jesus name, amen.