Day Four: Prayer is the Path to Peace

Day Four: Prayer is the Path to Peace

by David Shannon Wooten – January 10, 2018

There are a lot of verses in the Bible that instructs us to not worry. It is obvious God is speaking to us to not allow worry to rule our life. Worrying will not solve problems, but it will have a negative impact on our mind and health. When we worry we begin to take our focus off God and place them on our fears. Worry magnifies our problem; prayer magnifies God. Worry is the enemy to your faith. Scripture instructs us that the path to peace is prayer.

Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you”.

Keep our mind in a place of prayer, in a conversation with God or meditating on His goodness can all be forms of prayer. These forms of prayer will lead us down the path of God’s peace. Worry leads us down the path of anxiety, fear, doubt and a lot of emotional and health problems. Choose the path of peace.

Philippians 4:6-7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

“Worry magnifies our problem; Prayer magnifies God.”


REFLECT:

What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?

What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?

How does this apply to your life?

Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.

For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media

You Can Train Your Heart to Be Happy

When we give more attention to the problems in our life than we do the blessings in our life, we are training our heart to live in despair. Living everyday wishing you had something different is a miserable life. “Wishing” can be a contagious infection that will leave you with a heavy heart.

  • “I wish I made more money”
  • “I wish I could get married”
  • “I wish I had friends”
  • “I wish I lived in a nicer house”
  • “I wish I had that job”

This kind of wishing is a waste of time, energy and most of the time only creates more problems. Proverbs 15:15 gives insight to this truth, “For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.”

“Wishing” can keep you stuck in the wrong attitude and rob you from the creativity you need to create a different habit or routine. Daily routines and habits reveal your future. Allowing your heart to be swallowed up by the negative circumstances is the wrong habit and will not fulfill your wish list. However, we can live a satisfied and fulfilling life when we train our heart to be happy. Happiness is not circumstantial, it’s a choice.

We train our heart to be happy by giving more attention and appreciation to the blessings that God has given us.

We can have hope that God has more blessings in store for our future. When we decide to live with a happy heart, we are able to receive the abundant feast that God sends our way.

A happy heart will see opportunities, advancements, a fulfillment of purpose and will have the favor of God. You can train your heart to be happy.