God always answers prayer…and usually it comes suddenly.
There have been times I was greatly troubled to the point that found it difficult to enjoy anything else.
Even in a happy moment, I might laugh… and then rushing to the front of my mind comes the thought, “REMEMBER ME!!!” I’m your trouble and I haven’t gone ANYWHERE!!!
In the midst of this trouble I pray to God for peace, which doesn’t always come immediately. As I continue in prayer, I consider my troubling situations. I think of how good God is to me, EVEN with the trouble I’m experiencing. I think of all of the things that COULD go wrong…that haven’t. I think of ALL of the things God has ALREADY brought me through.
That’s when I stop and thank Him for just for being God…for His unfailing love, even when mine fails…for His faithfulness even when I’m unfaithful to Him. And, I realize, why does God get out of being faithful to me? Thank you Lord!
Then it happens…suddenly. Like the SON breaking through the cloud of my troubles!Yes, I’m sitting here thinking about my trouble…and I notice it. I find myself saying…
“Hey! Where did that peace come from?!”
God has poured His peace into my heart, and even though my trouble is still there. Even though I’m thinking about it…I feel at peace.
Peace is one of God’s awesome promises. He will give it to us.
If we PRAY…just ask Him.
If we’re PERSISTENT…continue to ask Him.
If we’re PATIENT…They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength (another promise) Isaiah 40:31.
If we PRAISE…Continue to thank God and praise Him while you wait.
Then suddenly, out of nowhere. When you least expect it, but most need it…He will give you His PEACE.
Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So, to answer my own question…”Hey! Where’d that peace come from?!”
It came from PRAYER, PERSISTENCE, PATIENCE & PRAISE…