Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (NRSV)
Doesn’t that passage sound like your ideal image of home? A place where there is joy and peace resulting in a sense of security. A place where you eat in peace, so to speak.
In many ways, you can say that Paul laid out a formula for such a prayer home that you can take with you wherever you go. You can take this prayer home with you regardless of your circumstance. What is the secret to this formula?
Well, it’s in plain sight—prayer. However, this is not random praying. It includes supplication, yes. That’s the time when you very sincerely make your requests to God. Supplication also suggests humility. Here’s another big part of this praying—thanksgiving. Giving thanks while making the requests suggests faith.
It is small wonder, then, that the result is peace that defies human comprehension. It is small wonder that Paul begins the section with the word, “rejoice.”
This is home—joy and peace. Such prayer is a place called home.
When last have you held your prayer home?
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