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#27 – Friday – March 31, 2017

#27 – Friday – March 31, 2017
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
During one of many long nights in a hospital waiting room, I pleaded with God to speak. To come near. To make His Presence known. To somehow, in some way, bridge the huge gap between my sense of alienation and His touch. The more I focused on the need, the farther away He seemed. The overwhelming need dwarfed His promises and Presence.
One of the greatest enemies of the Presence is worry. The more we focus on a problem, crisis, or need, the larger that problem, crisis, or need becomes in our own hearts and minds. Our attention has a magnifying effect: when we’re preoccupied with something, it grows. And the result is anything but peace.
Paul advises us to shift our focus from the problem to the Provider. Instead of worrying about circumstances, we should turn our attention to God in prayer and gratitude. If we do this, he tells us, we will experience God’s peace. Why? For one thing, God is drawn to those who know they need Him. But beyond that, our shift in perspective reverses the dynamic. If what we focus on seems to grow larger, then it makes plenty of sense to change our focus from the problem to God. When we magnify Him in our thoughts, our circumstances become relatively minor. The result is the peace that passes understanding.
Choose your focus. If you are preoccupied with worry over a problem, the problem will seem huge. But if you shift your focus to God, His ability, His compassion, and His willingness to answer prayer, He will seem big and the problem will seem small. And you will experience peace.
Lord, I want the peace that is too wonderful for understanding. I give my circumstances to You and focus entirely on Your wisdom, power, and love.

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