Psalms for Prayer: Day 20

Grace Day

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Today's Text: Philippians 4:6-7

Use today to pray, rest, and reflect on this week’s reading, giving thanks for the grace that is ours in Christ.

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6-7

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  • Brett Elizabeth Spore

    I have always applied this verse in my life during times of trouble. Today I read it from a place of peace not anxiety. I read it in a time when I would not say I was running to God for help but from a place of doing pretty well right now and hanging out with The Father and the Word.

    And yet…
    “present your requests to God” struck me. My husband is often saying to me “Ask Him for it.” I often feel unworthy to ask for more. I have been given so much that I don’t deserve already, that I don’t feel worthy of asking for more.

    And yet… I am a child of God. He WANTS to show His love for me. I am worthy because Christ made me worthy. We hear so much about how we deserve only death and eternal damnation, but I honestly don’t feel some of us have heard enough that we are worthy of God’s love and His gifts because through Christ we are now princes and princesses in God’s kingdom.

    So today I say “Ask. Ask your Daddy for a gift. Ask your Father for what you need. Ask the King, your Father, to bless you, His child.”

  • On the other side of a 2-year relationship with a Christian man that ended two weeks after seriously discussing marriage. He ended things because he felt he was putting his relationship with me before his relationship with God, and didn’t want to risk staying in a relationship he decided was dragging both of us down in our walks of faith. I’ve spent the last week and a half constantly crying out to God, begging for peace and understanding. Praying over and over that He will settle my spirit and mend my heart and remind me His plans are for my prosperity, and He is for me. The last few days though, I’ve really struggled with feeling guilty that this is the most consistent my prayer life has been in over 5 years. This was a much needed reminder that God WANTS us to reach out to Him, regardless of the circumstances. It’s so hard to overcome this feeling of conviction towards my own selfishness– I don’t want to be the Christ-Follower who only goes to Him when I need something. But I’m so glad to rest in the knowledge that no matter what, He’s using this season.

  • Rowena Salter

    This is an amazing reminder to me to remember Him in all situations that we find ourselves in and prayer!

  • What a perfect verse for a day of grace! It calms my heart when I’m feeling anxious. God reminds us to come to Him in prayer with our anxieties, worries, and struggles, and His peace will wash over over us and fill our souls.

  • Tasha Enderby

    I am in a place where I am finding it very hard to continue to go to God in prayer. I often feel unheard and ignored… I know these things are not true, our father is kind, is just and loving so maybe this week I will focus on Thanksgiving, praising past the anxiety and depression.

    • Bonnie

      I think you can bring those thoughts and feeling to him. It is okay to sit in his presence and say “I feel unheard. The things I know to be true about you don’t FEEL true. Please help them to feel true.”

    • Karen

      I found that keeping a thankfulness journal and committing to writing down 10 things God has blessed me with each day for a month really helped me shift my perspective.

    • Brett Elizabeth Spore

      Bonnie – right on. I agree entirely. Sometimes we need to voice our concerns to God and asking Him to help us see and feel Him for who He truly is.

      Tasha – I also love your idea of focusing on thankfulness. I have used this method so many times and often it has gotten me through really tough patches because my focus shifts off what I am feeling to what I know to be true.

      Karen – Journaling is a big help. I just picked up my journal and started again. 3 months off from journaling. I tend to go in spurts but I am always more focused and purposeful when I journal.

  • Jess Rivera

    This was just what I needed, after lifting my head up from prayer with tears strolling down my face, I tap into my app to read and God speaks to me through this, God is the only one who can wipe every tear away, and fill us with a peace and joy no matter what our circumstances are around us. It is never okay to not pray without ceasing, to not run to the father in prayer, and to not take a moment from your day to get on your knees and honor the living God. God truly is all that we need. I love how David says God I have no desire but you, I shall not want my cup overflows from your presence and the way you fill me up, it is so true. I pray that everyone will come to know God in that special way and truly experience the power of prayer. I love you my Jesus❤️

  • Barbara Thompson

    Thank you Lord for your peace in every circumstance in all the seasons of life.

  • Aimée Jones

    What a beautiful day to give my Father my cares and run free!

  • Thank you Lord for this reminder. YOU have it all under control.

  • Natasha Pavez

    Reading this while my anxiety runs rampant? God knows what I need. Thank you, Lord!

  • Lauren Elizabeth

    So we have heard the well-loved verse “Do not be anxious about anything but 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 in Jesus Christ.” (Phil 4:6-7)

    But do you know what verse 5b says right before that? “The Lord is at hand.” THAT is why we should not be anxious. The Lord is at hand. Here. Present. Unmoved. Unchanged. Never-leaving. Not just far up in heaven but right here. How can we be anxious when we whole-heartedly believe that THE God is ALIVE, ACTIVE, and RIGHT HERE with us in our circumstances?

    God isn’t just telling us to not be anxious. He’s telling us not to be anxious because HE IS AT OUR HAND. Look how close your hand is to you. That is where GOD is.

  • Sabrina Moreau

    “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding…” This is standing out most to me this morning. My dad passed away a week ago Thursday. From the moment I got the call from my sister, while shocked and heartbroken, a peace was at my core carrying me through. While in AZ tending to grief of my sisters and making arrangements the calm and peace of God was with me every moment. Even today knowing what is to come with settling his earthly life and helping my sisters, it’s not a question of will it be ok, but a confident knowing that it will be ok. All I need to do is lean in and continue to embrace that peace that surpasses all understanding. That is faith. That is trust. That is God at work.

    • Lynne

      Sabrina, I am praying that our Great God will continue to give you His comfort and peace in the passing of your father. Many years ago my father passed away very suddenly while my daughter and I were on a youth mission trip across the country. Even though we were shocked and grief stricken God had us in His hands. I’m praying for you and your family.

  • This is the note I have written in my Bible beside these verses. “Pray about everything. It should be my ‘go to’ response. I don’t get to decide what is trivial and what is weighty. God delights in giving His best to His children. Sometimes it’s a provision you never saw coming. Sometimes it’s a new friendship or a relationship restored. Sometimes it’s a not to your request…protecting you from something unforeseen. And sometimes it’s a straight-up gift…better than you could imagine. But He wants us to seek Him, to talk to Him, and to trust Him, with the big and small issues in our lives.”
    Have a blessed weekend!

    • Susan

      “I don’t get to decide what is trivial and what is weighty.” Thank you. I easily forget to take it all to Him, that He really does care, big, small and everything in between.

    • Terri

      It’s like sharing your thoughts with your closest friend AND then listening for a reply.

    • Brett Elizabeth Spore

      “I don’t get to decide what is trivial and what is weighty.” Amen amen amen!

  • Kelly Chataine

    The more I dig into scripture, the more evident it becomes that God’s Word is relevant, living, and able to meet every need.

  • Churchmouse

    Intercession is praying for others. Petition is praying for myself. I find the list of other’s needs to be long and the list for myself to be short and often overlooked. These verses remind me to combat worries with prayer and specifically prayer for myself. I pray for my attitude and not just the worrisome circumstance. I’m to couple it with gratitude – which keeps the balance between self – focused and blessing – focused. Worry makes it hard for me to recognize blessings. The fruit from this praying is peace, which is the opposite of worry. This is a powerful peace because it is able to guard my heart and mind. This peace becomes a shield, resisting and repelling negative invasive thoughts. Then I can walk free from worry. Jesus is so good. I petition. He provides peace.

  • Ruth Lund

    I’ll be using these as my guiding verses for the week ahead. I have written them out in my planner on Monday’s page so I am reminded every time I look at my diary. Such a good reminder to keep our focus on God and not on our own strengths and weaknesses. Also that we have all the peace we need if we just stop and think and choose to accept it. As a mama to two small boys this is easy to forget sometimes in the thick of it. Have a beautiful weekend, everybody.

  • Gigi Hanna

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