Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
I confess to quoting this scripture often but sometimes not really putting it into practice in my own life. It is like a diamond mine that has been deeded to us but we need to go down into the mine shafts and dig the precious stones out, bring them to the surface and have them cut and polished. The amazing truth of God’s promise remains unchanged but also unrealized in our own life when we simply pretend to pray, or when we only pray half-hearted prayers. God is not unfaithful at all in His promises. In fact the Bible tells us that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18).
Some one once told me that we Christians are real people with real problems but we have a real God who can really answer prayer. But often we continue in our struggles with issues simply because we are only speaking the words and rushing on into our day as though nothing had been said. We say, “God I surrender this” or “God have your way”; then immediately forget all about that and hurry along the same path we have hurried down every other day. It is not at all that God is not listening but rather that we have really said nothing. We are living a lie or maybe better said, a fantasy. We imagine that we have prayed about our situation and feel in some small measure satisfied but in reality we have done no such thing. No tear, no heart-felt cry or “petition” has been uttered. Jesus told us:
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven Matthew 5:3
The word poor here refers to beggars. Beggars had to humbly take a position of weakness in hopes that someone would have mercy on their needs. But we are coming to God and pretending we don’t have any serious needs. We say we need His help but in our attitudes we are revealing that we think that we can really work it out ourselves, with just a little help from the Almighty. In the real world we are weak and foolish people coming to a wise and wonderful God who is delighted to answer prayer. First He sends His peace that is greater than anything we can understand and then as almost as a bonus His answer that is far beyond anything we have planned! How wonderful our Father’s love and patience and grace. He is only waiting for us to begin our day with even a single real prayer about a real problem so He can really answer!