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Tuesday’s Torch 609

Tuesday’s Torch 609

October 13, 2020

What a tremendous blessing it is to be able to pray directly to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ.  We have recently discussed prayer and being able to “pray always” as we carry a prayer in our hearts.  I mentioned last week what a difficult month this will be for many people that I care deeply for and for myself as well.  So this week I would like to share what I hope will be a sweet and simple message.

Many of us tend to pray much more fervently in times of pain and anguish.  Often we ask for blessings for our loved ones and for ourselves. Begging and pleading for desired outcomes can fill our prayers as our tears fill our eyes and soak our pillows at night.  I have a testimony that God hears our prayers, every single one.  I’d like to share with you a promise he gives to us about every prayer.  A promise we are given no matter if the outcome we are praying for is going to be provided or not.

In a portion of Philippians 4:6-7 we are told that “in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

This scripture doesn’t promise that we will get our way.  Believe me sometimes I wish it did because there are wonderful blessings I have prayed and prayed for that at this point in time haven’t been granted but I know that God hears them and that He grants the promised blessing from this passage. 

We are to pray about these things that concern us and the things that keep us up at night, the worries and cares that occupy our minds and hearts.  We are to pray “with thanksgiving.”  That part isn’t always easy especially when we are praying concerning something or someone we either fear we are losing or we have lost.  When you’re sad or upset or even angry about a situation, expressing thanks isn’t usually the first thing on our mind.  But we can look at things under a different perspective and be thankful for the time we had. We can be thankful for the blessings we have previously been granted and have faith in knowing that there are still untold and sometimes unimaginable blessings waiting in the future. 

I’m getting a little ahead of myself and almost shifted into my very constant message that nothing is impossible for God but despite that being absolutely true it isn’t the intent of this weeks message.  The specific promised blessing in the quoted verse is the intent. So what is promised as we make our requests known unto God in our prayers? “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We are promised peace, not just any peace but God’s peace.  That He will keep our hearts and minds through Christ.  Christ makes this all possible as he has borne our pains and our griefs.  He has atoned for our sins as well as felt our pains, our anguish, our sadnesses, regrets and heartbreaks.  So that we may be comforted. So that we may receive peace in our hearts and minds.

God knows. He sees you. God hears you.  He sends you his peace.  You can know that you are absolutely not alone.  As we look around and sometimes think that nobody understands what we are going through and while we wouldn’t wish our pains and sorrows on anyone because they hurt too bad, we sometimes cry out that if only someone understood then they’d see, they would understand what we are going through and maybe just maybe it wouldn’t feel like it’s only us, that we are suffering alone.  Sometimes we feel like it would change everything if we could just let someone know what is in our hearts and minds. 

The promise in that verse let’s us know that there is someone. Through Christ who has felt what we feel, there is someone who knows exactly what we are going through. We are never suffering alone.  And that pain and anguish that we feel, the pains that we wouldn’t even wish on our worst enemy, they were felt by our greatest friend.  By our Savior.  By Jesus Christ himself. 

The peace of God we are told “passeth all understanding.” That peace goes beyond understanding.  What a promise.  What that tells me is that it’s more than understanding so it’s something else entirely.  To me that means we don’t have to understand what has happened, what is happening or what will happen to receive this blessing.  We can receive this blessing of peace which is greater than a mere understanding. 

So maybe seeking to understand why something is the way it is would actually be seeking a lesser blessing than we are promised merely for asking to begin with.  As we next pour out our hearts in prayer, may we all feel, recognize and more fully appreciate the peace that simply praying to our Father in Heaven can give us.  That peace comes through our Savior Jesus Christ.  It is a free gift.  It was not without cost but it is free to us because Jesus has already paid the price. 

To all who are hurting.  To all who are missing someone or multiple someones, to all who are in a difficult situation that they never expected to be in, pray to God, pour out your heart and soul to one who loves you so much that He sent his Son to live and die for your sake!  Pray with thanksgiving.  Do this and be filled with peace. Be filled with the peace of God through Jesus the Christ.  I testify to you that God loves you and that He will bless you as he has promised he will!  I share this message with you and I continue to pray for you in the holy name of Jesus Christ our Savior, Amen.

-Bobby Stewar

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