Thankful Peace

Whole Magazine

Pray continually, and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus. — 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Jesus commanded His children: "When you hear of wars and insurrections (disturbances, disorder, and confusion), do not become alarmed and panic-stricken and terrified" (Luke 21:9 AMP, emphasis added). This seems a somewhat  hard-to-swallow directive for today's women living in a society where there are school killings, marathon bombings, terrorist attacks, and mass shootings in the most common of places. Yet a prayerful presence of peace is what Christ commands.

Instead of expecting the worst, daughters of God are to have faith in the Father who is in control of every situation. But how does she grow that faith? By praying continually and thanking God for each and every situation. Amid this gratitude, a sense of peace will prevail for she is reaffirming to herself (and God) that He means to use every situation for her ultimate good.

Thus, there is no reason for a princess to become alarmed. For she knows there is more to this life than what is seen, heard, and felt on this physical plane, and that her God the Father, the King, has a bigger and a better plan and kingdom for her. Based on that fact, a continual prayer for peace and a never-ending stream of thank yous no matter what happens are two of a woman's most powerful tools on earth—and in heaven.

Let's pray:

Jesus, keep my heart and mind focused on the peace that You bring me. May my praise of Your peace be continually on my lips and sent forth upon my breath.