Waiting for the Storm

My father-in-law* sat in his Florida home, waiting and watching for Hurricane Irma to arrive.

Every time I spoke with him he quoted Philippians 4:6-7. “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 minds.”

He found this to be true.

So can you.

*His home and neighborhood, though buffeted by winds, were virtually unharmed by the storm.


Power and Peace Through Prayer

I have often thought about what my greatest surprise will be when I go home to be with the Lord. After much pondering, I have concluded that it will be the tremendous power and peace that was available to me this side of heaven—and how infrequently I used it.*

*Richard Burr, Developing Your Secret Closet of Prayer, p. 8.  

Glory to God; Peace to Men

The glory and peace that angels proclaimed (see Luke 2:13-14) when Jesus was born are realized today when we pray.

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14:13).

Let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds (from Philippians 4:6-7).

Honest Prayer

“I called out to God, softly. ‘Hello? I’m sorry God. I’m sorry I got so confused about You, got so fake. If you want to talk, I’m here now.’

As I lay there, talking to God, being real with Him, I began to feel a bit of serenity. It felt like I was apologizing to an old friend, and the friend as saying it was okay, that he didn’t think anything of it.

I felt a lot of peace.”*

*adapted from Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz, p.99-100).