If the peace of Christ does not rule our hearts, we can be sure of the diagnosis for our problem.
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
The Apostle Paul proclaims a bedrock guarantee that peace results from “prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.” Making our requests known unto God stills our hearts and minds, revealing a peace “which passeth all understanding.” In Paul’s words, however, there is a caveat. That is, the prayers that still “hearts and minds” must proceed from hearts and minds.
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
Mere rote prayers do not suffice in challenges to our experience of the peace of God. We must rather approach our Lord seriously, deliberately, thankfully, and with determination that we will pray in accordance with His Word. “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
Peace is never a matter of circumstance, situation or condition. Peace is a matter of grace, received by faith. The heart at peace is the heart that has genuinely prayed and supplicated with thanksgiving, the heart that has made requests known unto God in truth and reality. Again, Paul, and more importantly, the Holy Spirit who inspired his words, promise us that this is the case. Thus, if we fail to experience the peace of Christ, we can know that which needs to happen. We must approach our Heavenly Father, seeking first His grace to enable us to genuinely pray, and then expecting His grace to bestow tranquility of heart and mind. No supplicant who responded to this truth ever found himself disappointed for doing so, and none ever will.
“To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”