Phil 4:6 ...in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) And the peace of God, which surpasses every man's understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
What will be the result if we let our requests be made known to God in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving? There will be the best result. The word "guard" in the original language is a special military term. We can translate it as "garrison" or "patrol." God's peace is patrolling our heart like the soldiers garrisoning the city, and His peace is keeping our heart in peace. No anxiety can break through this line and come into our heart. How amazing this is! According to our concept, as soon as man sinned, God should have sent forth the Savior. But God was not anxious. When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son. He waited several thousand years; He was not in a hurry.... Even if men attack Him, oppose Him, and deny Him, He does not send thunder and lightning to kill them. He is at peace. Although He encounters many adversities, He is still very much at peace. God has commanded that we should let our requests be made known to Him in everything through prayer and petition with thanksgiving. He has promised that He will send us His own peace like soldiers guarding our hearts, keeping out all worries, sufferings, and discomforts. If we commit everything to Him, we will have the peace which is beyond human understanding and which man cannot otherwise possess. This peace will guard our hearts and thoughts and enable us to safely pass through every storm in the worldly sea. You will be surprised, and others will marvel at your peace.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee. In Nothing Be Anxious. The Collected Works...vol. 18, pp. 262-264., Anaheim, CA. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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