Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of god, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
With everything we as human beings are juggling in our day-to-day lives, we can be anxious about many things. We worry about our family, our friends, our job, our finances, our health, and all kinds of other things. Scripture is very clear that we should flee from anxiety and worry.
Choosing to avoid worrying is not an option; rather, it is a biblical command. Paul states in his letter to the Philippians, Do not be anxious about anything. (Philippians 4:6) He doesn’t stop there. He continues on, encouraging the Philippians (and us today) to bring everything we are worried about to God.
Do not miss what Paul is saying when we present our worries and requests to the Lord. He doesn’t say that God will answer our prayers exactly how we desire. He doesn’t say we will always get our way. He doesn’t say the answers will come at the time we hoped. He doesn’t promise any of those things. Instead, he assures us that we will experience a deep level of peace that only the Lord can provide. He says, “but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
In other words, we don’t need to worry about anything because worrying doesn’t get you anywhere. When something is out of our control, it is tempting to worry about it. Instead, we must choose to bring our anxieties and our requests to our Heavenly Father. Only then will we experience true, supernatural peace in the midst of our worldly troubles.