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We live in a crazy, chaotic world! We have busy families, careers, ministries and many of us struggle with anxiety and stress! Ensuring we take the time out to really focus on God and allowing Him to calm the storm of our chaotic lives is so vital. There are some amazing scriptures on peace that you can pray while you are in the midst of all of life’s stress!
Scriptures on Peace – The Midst of Chaos
As I sit here writing this post, I am surrounded by boxes and a mess that I don’t even want to acknowledge.
We are moving in 1 week to our new house and trying to get through “normal” daily responsibilities while packing and having people come in and out of your home to buy the furniture you’ve ‘oh so wisely’ decided to sell is proving to be weighty indeed!
Add to that the flu and chaos is the only word I can use to describe life right now.
I cannot even see straight, let alone try to think straight! It is times like this when going to the Word to find verses that help give you peace and give you the words to pray is so incredibly needed!
Scriptures on Peace – When You Don’t Know What to Pray
Praying the Word is so powerful! It is also a great way to connect your prayers to God’s promises. It allows you to get into agreement with God and what He says about you and your situation.
I know when life tosses me its trials, I sometimes don’t have the words to speak. I feel as though even prayer is too daunting for me. It is during those times that I allow the Holy Spirit to intercede for me by telling Him I don’t have the words!
Romans 8:26-27 says:
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” NIV
I can also pray Scriptures on peace and God’s ever present help in the times of my troubles and allow those to sink into MY spirit to replace the numerous thoughts that chaos can cause to fly through our minds, seemingly all at once!
5 Scriptures on Peace to Pray
1 Peter 5:6-7:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” ESV
It is no coincidence that humbling ourselves is mentioned first in these verses and THEN casting our cares on God.
When we think we can handle everything ourselves, it not only adds to our stress but it creates pride! That pride prevents us from going to God. We think we have it all together and admitting we don’t makes us feel weak.
We need to acknowledge our NEED for God, allowing Him to take all our worries and cares! He needs to be the one to lift us up! We cannot be about positioning ourselves by trying to shoulder it all on our own!
Allow God to cradle you in His loving arms and don’t worry so much about being the master of your own destiny! The world tells us we have to have it all together but God tells us to rest in the knowledge that HE is in control!
“…do not be anxious 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.” ESV
The word anxious in this verse, according to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance is the Greek word is “merimnaō” and it means “to be troubled with cares”.
It is not the anxiousness that comes with HAVING anxiety as a medical condition. This is an anxiety that comes from being troubled and worried about problems and cares!
Ironically, it also means to “seek to promote one’s interests”.
Isn’t that so true? We become worried about things in life when we seek our own interests instead of what God wants!
When we are seeking God’s will and His wants in a situation, we don’t have to worry!!
According to these verses, we should be seeking God in prayer! We should let Him know our request BUT with Thanksgiving. Our sense of gratitude for what God has given us and what He is working in our lives can be lost when we seek our own interests!
We need to always make sure that what we “want” in life lines up with God’s will and His Word. Then we can go to Him with our needs and experience the peace of knowing God will always work His perfect will in our lives. THAT is where peace comes from!
“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” NIV
Dear Lord, that You would renew our strength! Help us to gain strength in your Word, in your mercy and in your grace! Help us to always run into your arms to be renewed and refreshed when life gets chaotic! May we never rely on our own strength, which fails, but on your strength which never fails! In Jesus’ Name!
Praying for the Lord to strengthen us and to give us what we need to get through life’s difficult moments is a prayer He WILL answer! We need to draw our strength from Him and not the world!
2 Corinthians 12:9
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” ESV
His grace is sufficient for us. In our weakness His power is made perfect.
Wow! When we allow ourselves to, like the previous verse, draw our strength from Him, His power is made perfect! We can pray these scriptures on peace to ask Him to give us that strength!
God uses the broken, the weak, the “hot messes of the world”, because then there is no question it is God at work!
Allow God to use you to work out His power and trust that His grace is sufficient for you!
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” ESV
The Lord goes before you! In other words, there is no place in life you will ever be that the Lord has not already prepared a way for you either to it or through it!
He will never leave you! He will never turn His back on you! People may fail you but the Lord will NEVER fail you!
Scriptures on Peace – His Word Alone
When you feel lost, overwhelmed, in chaos, remember that His Word alone is all you need!
It provides strength, encouragement, wisdom and song! It is your prayer when you don’t have the words! And it is your help in times of trouble!
The Lord will never leave you! There is nothing He cannot handle for you!
You are His child and He your loving Father! So trust in your Father’s Word and lean not on the world and its understanding! Pray His scriptures on peace and find rest!
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