Philippians 4:6-7 (New Living Translation)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
There’s a song I’ve sung hundreds of times in worship services: “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”
Every time I sing it, it strikes me how hopeful those words are meant to be, but how sad they can be in reality. We have a constantly available, open line to the Creator of the universe, but how often we forget it! We have a God who is not only willing, but eager to hear what we have to say, and we’re too busy rushing around on our busy schedules to spend real time communicating with the one who gave his all to save us. (Or… am I the only one guilty of this neglect?)
My hope today, this week, this year, this lifetime, is that we will take time each day to stop. To really stop. To stop and talk with the One who gave our lives to us. The One who loves us, and who wants to give us freedom and joy in our lives today.
Let’s do this! What do you say?