Read: Philippians 4:6
Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Prayer holds the key to the peace our hearts long for. It is when we take time to sit with our Father and embrace His heart and His Word that His peace begins to conquer our fears and our anxiety. The peace that is spoken of here is a peace that comes in the midst of warfare. It is a guarding peace, a sentry over our hearts, a protector of our lives. This is all born out of a prayer of supplication. That is an odd word today, but it simply means to identify with someone or something and the battle they are in. Our prayers call out to the heart of God and His heart identifies with our needs or the needs of others we bring to Him and He begins to unleash His guarding peace; a peace that guards our hearts and minds as verse 7 declares.
What we often fail to recognize is that when we enter our day without being covered in prayer we are leaving our hearts and our minds unguarded. Each day we are in a battle and each day our hearts and minds need guarding. A prayer less day is an unguarded day. A prayer less day is a dangerous day, because even though I may take a day off from prayer, Hell never does. Our enemy never sleeps and he is always looking for unguarded holes in our lives to impact us. Each day when I pray for myself and those around me I am enforcing the will of God on circumstances and situations. I am setting a wall or hedge around people and situations that prevent Hell from working. This word, supplication, or Deesis in Greek, is also translated into our English word, entreaty. It is used in I Timothy 2:1 and translated entreaty there.
I Timothy 2:1
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men…”
What is an entreaty? It means to enforce the treaty. If there is a treaty or contract it is enforced through that prayer. And the cross of Jesus declared that there was a contract, a covenant in His blood that we can enforce through our prayers. That is a huge part of the prayer of intercession, enforcing what Jesus has laid out. It is the cross’s covenant that declares it will wash away our sin. His blood gives legal claim to entreat. So when we pray, the peace of God pours forth and the power of God is unleashed to guard and protect. This was always God’s plan when He exhorts us not to worry or be anxious but “In Everything” to pray up a hedge and release the peace and guarding power of God.
Father, there is so much I don’t understand about prayer. So many things you are up to when I faithfully come to you and cry out to you. Holy Spirit, impart faith to me to believe beyond what I can comprehend. I want to become an intercessor who enforces your will on situations and circumstances to bring life to your people.