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 CSB)
Not surprisingly, Philippians 4:6-7 is one of the most sought out Bible passages during times of anxiety or stress. What reassurance and promise—that we can lay down our worries, run to God in prayer, and receive an almost incomprehensible peace that then actually “stands guard” over our hearts and minds!
But even those who memorize this passage for comfort may be prone to drop one of its most important and pivotal phrases: with thanksgiving. For it is in pausing to remember God’s past goodness and grace and deliverance and faithfulness—and intentionally thanking him for those things—that we find the confidence to trust him with new worries.
When requests are presented to God with heartfelt thanksgiving, worries can be fully released, and not inadvertently repossessed by an ungrateful heart.
Nate Adams is executive director of IBSA.