When we travel into the bush country of Mali, we will often Prayer walk through our village. As we ask people to share their prayer concerns, almost always we are asked to pray for “peace”. They ask us to pray for peace in their courtyard, peace in their family, peace in their village.
Jesus said in John 14:1, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” He was anticipating the concern the disciples would have with the upcoming crucifixion and His soon departure from the world. It is great to notice, however, that Jesus didn’t just say, “Don’t have troubled hearts.” He offers something to take its place. He said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
The peace that the world allows is dependent upon our circumstances. If everything in our life is going well, then we live with peace. But let something disturb our well being, and peace is replaced with anxiety or worry. Jesus offers a peace in the midst of the storms and crises of our lives.
God’s Word says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”(Isaiah 26:3). Our minds are stayed on God when we are living in His Presence. The secret to having peace is living in God’s Presence.
God’s Word says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7). Is your heart at peace today? Or is it troubled? You can run to Jesus. Don’t delay.