Peace

Jesus says it best in John 14:27 (NLT):

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

While it’s not from the Bible, this plaque was given to me by a member of my family several years ago. I feel like its message aligns well with the teachings and attitudes of Jesus:

After all, the only way that I can experience even a modicum of peace in my heart in the midst of difficult times is to simply ask for it from the Lord (remember: simple and easy aren’t the same thing! For example, making a soufflé may only involve a few steps, but the technical skill required to prepare it is anything but easy). This passage in John 14 reminds me that I do have access to a supernatural peace at all times, but I have to be intentional and discerning enough to ask for it.

Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for providing me with Your miraculous and abundant peace whenever I ask for it. I confess that more often than not, I fail to ask You for Your peace. Even when I do ask for it, my thoughts often stray into places where they shouldn’t, and I find myself overcome with worry. I ask You today for Your forgiveness. Remind me to turn to You first and always, and to trust that Your peace will come (not necessarily right away, though; in my experience, it’s sort of a slow-to-arrive thing, but it does come, in a subtle, yet consistent way) whenever I ask for it. Thank You for this precious gift. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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