Man praying to God

My favourite passage of Scripture of all time comes from Philippians chapter 4, verses 6 and 7.

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 (NIV)

It is so good to talk. It’s even better when someone listens! How many times have we heard people say ‘don’t worry, it will all sort itself out’ and yet as humans we just can’t stop ourselves from worrying?  In Philippians, it sounds so simple– instead of worrying, pray. For me, I have been blessed that this has been a reality in my life.  I trust God in a very simple way that gives me a quiet confidence in His ability to do all things including answering my prayers.

There have been times in my life when I have struggled to understand what is happening –when my brother died at only 26 years old, when my sister had breast cancer.  At these times I can remember calling out to God, ‘Why!’ Do you know I probably still don’t understand the why, but I can honestly say that I do know God’s peace and am able to say He knows best; so I will trust Him for these times, and for the times that are still to come.  Knowing that my heavenly Father is listening and totally understands how I am feeling and what I am going through gives me that peace that is described as being beyond our understanding. I think it only comes when we trust God to know best in all things.

I love to read Corrie ten Boom’s books and I remember being very challenged as I read how she and her sister Betsie gave thanks to God in the concentration camp for the lice and different insects in their beds, because it meant that the guards left them alone! There was a verse that came to mind when I read Corrie’s book –  Romans 8:28.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Corrie and Betsie’s relationship with God was so real and so personal that they were able to praise Him in even the most extreme situations.  Their prayer life was vibrant and relevant and completely trusting.  That’s what I want mine to be like too.

We have a Father who loves us more than we can ever imagine, a Father who wants us to have a living, vibrant relationship with Him; so we need to talk to Him and we need to listen to Him.  He longs for that closeness with us – do we long for it with Him?

 

Pearl Liddle
National Ministries Administrator