When we or someone we know is struggling with anxiety there are a few Scripture texts that we turn to more than others. One of those is Philippians 4:6-7:
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The promise of this verse is that God’s peace will guard your heart and mind in Christ when you depend on Him through prayer and thank Him for His graciousness to you. I have clung to this promise many times in my life, but like so many other Bible passages, with this one, I have stopped reading too soon.
When you reach verse 9, the Lord gives some more hope for the anxious believer:
9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Here is another promise of peace. When we follow the example of holy living that Paul set for us, we will receive peace. My conclusion in all of this is that God does not intend for us to be inactive in receiving His gracious gift of peace. For His glory and by His grace, He has planned that we must draw near to him in prayer, thanksgiving, and a life of devoted obedience to experience the peace He promises.