Finding Peace in a World of Struggle: Prayer for the Troubled Heart
I discovered this article on the Crosswalk website and thought that it might be a blessing to some:
Peace in a World of Struggle: Prayer for the Troubled Heart
world can be a dark place many days. News reports of shootings,
innocent lives being lost too soon, terrorist threats, unrest, and
struggle are constant reminders that we live in uncertain times. Past
hurts cling tightly, our present reality filled with pressures, the
future may seem to loom with fear.
times we wonder, is finding peace in the midst of all this even
quote reminds us, “Peace. It doesn't mean to be in a place where
there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst
of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
says, "No God, no peace. Know God, know peace."
both are true.
knowing the perfect peace and calm assurance of God Himself in this
crazy, mixed up world, we will live forever struggling to gain
control, always finding ourselves in the inner battle with stress and
anxiety. Yet focusing on God’s words can bring life to our souls,
no matter what swirls around us on any given day. He is able to bring
security, so we're not overcome with fear, or find ourselves sinking
down into a pit of worry.
the Answer to our place of refuge. We can never fully escape all the
mess this world may bring our way. We live in a fallen place. But in
the midst of what life deals us, we can remain steadfast, strong.
living a peace-filled life comes down to a choice. Choosing to come
to Him, choosing to set our minds on His Word, choosing to trust Him
no matter what, choosing to pray in all that we face, choosing not to
be anxious, choosing to believe that He's always with us and in
control, choosing to set our thoughts on those things that are true
and right. God reminds us in His word that peace will not naturally just come our way. He tells us to "seek peace and pursue it" Ps 34:14. Some may offer their own advice, "Get away for a few days, relax and be happy, take a vacation, tune out, just don't think about stressful stuff" But it's only temporary relief in a crazy, struggling world. Vain attempts to cover desperate places of our souls with superficial, external fixes.
the peace God offers is vastly different. It's lasting. Confident.
Real. Breathing deep reassurance in the midst of all that we face –
past, present, or future. Rising up against the fear that would seek
to choke our lives. Bringing comfort and freedom.
words give strength, purpose, grace. They alone are what can bring
inner calm to a whirlwind of crazy.
Verses of Peace to Guard Your Hearts and Minds in Him:
I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the
world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be
afraid.” John 14:27
will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he
trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the
peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with
peace.” Psalm 29:11
to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble
in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy
and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.”1 Peter 5:7
God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this
world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the
world.” John 16:33
may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in
every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if
anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things…and
the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9
He Himself is our peace…” Ephesians 2:14
Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give
you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
matter what we go through in this life, or what we're up against
today, we don't have to be shaken.
safe with Him.
sent His only Son, pure essence of Peace Himself, to give us lasting
freedom and peace that only He can give.
God, Our world is hurting and broken. We pray for those who have lost loved ones even today, please comfort them in their grief and loss, cover them with your peace and presence, as only your Spirit can do.
know that in whatever we face, you are our Peace and Refuge, a very
present help in times of trouble. Thank you that you remind us
throughout your Word, we do not face the storms alone, but you are
always with us. Whispering calm. Speaking peace. Bringing rest to
confess our need for you. We ask you to forgive us for trying to
figure everything out on our own, for not trusting that you are more
than able and powerful to work on our behalf. Forgive us for picking
back up what we already determined to lay down at your feet. Give us
the ability to trust you more, give us a heart that finds rest in
your presence, give us the wisdom to seek peace and pursue it,
remembering it’s only to be found in you alone.
you that your yoke is easy and your burden is light. Thank you that
you care for us. Thank you that the peace of your loving and strong
presence guards and protects our hearts and minds in you. Thank you
that we do not have to walk in fear or live in overwhelmed cycles of
worry and stress.
you for your voice that breaks through the greatest wind and storm
swirling around us, and whispers “Peace, be still.”
you that you sent your One and Only Son to set us free.