Peace of God
How do we cultivate the Peace of God in our lives?
One of the primary ways that we can cultivate peace in our lives is through prayer.
Phil. 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 passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Prayer truly produces the peace of God.
Worry and anxiety are our feeble attempt to play God. It is our way of projecting ourselves into the future to try and fixed perceived problems that don’t exist. When we stop meditating on the Word of God, and instead meditate on worry and fear, it is like praying to Satan.
Prayer and supplication alone will not bring peace to the heart. It is prayer and supplication with thanksgiving that will open the way for the unsurpassing peace. Like a military garrison, the peace of God will then guard over your heart and mind.
There are two things that we are commanded to pray for that will produce peace in our lives and the lives of those around us.
I Tim. 2:1 & 2: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
So, we pray, stand, and give thanks for all men. And we do the same for those in authority.
If we obey these prayer directives and pray for our political and spiritual leaders, we will cultivate the fruit of peace that will manifest in the circumstances surrounding our daily lives.
The truth of this is brought out in Psalms 122:6,7
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.”
It is difficult for the carnal mind to understand the spiritual principle that those who pray for the peace of “Jerusalem” (the seat of the Church and the government) will experience peace within their walls. Yet the word makes these promises.
The most important thing we can do to cultivate peace is to abide in Jesus.
Jesus said in John 15:4 & 5: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Jesus said that those who abide in Him would bring forth much fruit. Peace is part of the fruit that he promised to those who seek and abide in Him.
Take time to seek Him today and thank him for all He has done in your life. Pray for our country, our leaders, and those around us. Lift up Jerusalem. Trust Jesus. Then you will experience peace that surpasses all understanding. You will feel lighter and experience freedom like never before!