Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 NIV)
Okay, so here’s the thing. This verse has been on my mirror for God knows how long and every time I see it, I say it to myself and then I try to pray like it says I should pray. And then I get mad because my problems aren’t fixed after I say, “Amen.” Maybe it’s not so much anger as it is discouragement and struggling faith.
The problem with that mentality is that this verse never promises God will fix your problems up right then and there. It just says that He will give you peace that you can’t understand. Peace that says, “No matter what happens, it will be okay, because God is with me.”
Peace is found in giving the situation to God and allowing Him to deal with it instead of holding it in your own hands and worrying about it. By vocalizing your request, you are showing a surrender of sorts. God may or may not give you the answer you want, but that’s not what is truly important. He wants to change you more than He wants to change your situation, anyway.
This isn’t necessarily about praying until God gives you what you want, although we are to pray incessantly. This verse is about stating the situation and admitting to God that His way of handling it is the best way. That gives you peace beyond comprehension. Peace that guards your heart, peace that triumphs over your own efforts of making amends for the things in your life that went wrong.
It’s about finding peace in surrender, not making God answer your prayer exactly how you want it answered exactly when you want it answered.