The way into God’s peace is by growing to entrust yourself fully to
the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and his kingdom in the midst of
your daily life with its challenges. Of course, as part of this process
we need the support of “Christ’s ambassadors” who minister God’s
reconciliation to us (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Growing in God’s peace requires soul training. This
begins with training your mind: “God will keep you in perfect peace when
your mind is fixed on him” (Isaiah 26:3, paraphrase). What you think
about and what you truly believe is a matter of your choices over time.
Through your mind you can access the other parts of your soul — your
heart, your body, and your social connections — so that over time God’s
peace permeates your whole being more and more.
An essential way to train yourself to trust deeply in the Lord and be
ruled by the peace of Christ (Colossians 3:15) is to pray Scripture. As
part of the therapy process for clients who are dealing with anxiety I
teach them to renew their minds with Scripture.
Abiding in Prayer
Abiding in Prayer
is a refreshing, healing way to pray Scripture. Jesus taught us to
abide in him and in his words (John 15:4-7). To abide in (or meditate
on) God’s Word is a spiritual discipline for renewing our minds and hearts that heals and transforms us to be more like Christ.
Meditating on Scripture is a perfect complement to Bible study. In
Bible study I analyze the text to understand what it means in context
and to discern the truth that God is teaching us. In meditation I
marinate on a small portion of Scripture, turning it over and over in
mind, seeking to listen to what God is saying to me and to apply his
wisdom and grace to my life today.
Verses to Abide in God’s Peace
Here are some short, powerful prayers for peace from the Psalms and
other places in the Bible. Try setting aside a few minutes or more of quiet solitude to meditate deeply on one of these verses of Scripture.
- Pick a verse to meditate on…
- Pray the words of the Bible verse slowly and gently…
- In solitude be quiet and still to abide in Christ’s presence… If
your body twitches or your mind wanders in the silence don’t be
distressed – just gently return your attention to slowly repeating the
verse you’re praying.
- You may try doing your meditation as a Breath a Prayer
by breathing God’s Word in and out. Using your body (breathing) to help
you pray will engage your mind and help you to relax yourself into
God’s arms of love…
- After you’ve abided in prayer awhile do some “soul work.”
“Make every effort to enter God’s rest” (Hebrews 4:11) particularly as
it relates to a challenge you’re facing. What is something that
you’re worried or stressed about? Identify this and tell God about it.
Then submit the situation and it’s outcomes to the Sovereign Lord by
imagining yourself in the stressful situation while praying the
Bible Verses for Abiding in Prayer
Here are some powerful Scripture verses to marinate in. Ask God to guide you to one verse to go deep with today. Tomorrow you can work with another!
When you settle on the verse that God is leading you to for today
memorize it so that you can meditate on it throughout the day. Let
the Word wash renew your mind and transform your thinking so that you can freely understand the truth.
(Romans 12:2, Ephesians 5:26).
- “You are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift
up my head” (Psalm 3:3). “Let the peace of God guard your heart and
mind in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Imagine a half-circle head to
foot shield protecting you in your battle and enabling you to lift your
head high as you pray, “Peace of Christ be a shield around me.”
- “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me lie down in
green pastures; he leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul”
(Psalm 23:1-3). Imagine it.
- “Father… into your hands I commit my spirit” (Psalm 31:5; Luke
23:46). Identify a concern or worry and pray it this way, “Father… into
your hands I commit _______.”
- “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret”
(Psalm 37:7). “Be still before the Lord… do not worry… Be still before
the Lord… do not be angry…. Be still before the Lord… do not be jealous…
Be still before the Lord… do not ______.”
- “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Or pray, “Cease
striving! Know that I am your God.” What are you straining to do? Speak
God’s Word to yourself: “Cease striving! Know that I am your God.”
- “My soul finds rest in God alone… Selah.” (Psalm 62:5, 1). Breathe
in as you whisper,”My soul finds rest in God alone…” Hold your breath as
you appreciate the Word. Breathe out your stress as you whisper,
- “You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still
them… Peace! Be Still” (Psalm 89:9, Mark 4:39). Breathe in
and out the words of Jesus: “Peace… Be still… Peace… Be still…”
- “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the
shadow of the Almighty… He will cover you with his feathers and under
his wings you will find refuge” (Psalm 91:1, 4). Imagine yourself in
God’s care, as a chick cuddled by its mother.
- “Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you”
(Psalm 116:7). In prayer tell God what you’re struggling with, how
you’re feeling then say to yourself: “Be at rest once more, O my soul,
for the LORD has been good to you.”
- “Lord, your will… Your way… Your time…” (inspired by Matthew 6:10).
Use this little prayer to abandon to God the outcomes of situations and
what people think. Identify something you are trying to “make happen” a
certain way and then let it go to God in prayer: “Lord, your will… Your
way… Your time…”
- “Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart” (Colossians 3:15).
Breathe in to receive as you pray: “Peace of Christ…” Breathe out to
cease trying to control things as you pray: “Rule in my heart.” “Peace
of Christ… rule in my heart.”
- “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every
situation, whether well fed or hungry… I can do all things through him
who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13). Identify a particular
problem you’re seeking to be delivered from and then pray to be the kind
of person who rejoices in the Lord regardless of whether or not he
delivers you. Pray, “I am content when I’m blessed with ______ or
troubled with ______. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens
“31 Days to Freedom from Fear”
presents 31 powerful Scriptures for meditation to encourage you to “Let
the peace of Christ rule in your heart” (Colossians 3:15).
Worry Free Living” will help you to understand anxiety and the path to peace.