Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How do we get the peace of God?

David Martyn Lloyd- Jones

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7.

The following is by David Martyn LLoyd -Jones
How do we get the peace of God?
First, he tells us to pray even before you make your requests known unto God. You realize that you are face to face with God, that you are in his presence and you pour out your heart in adoration. That is the beginning.
Second, he tells us to supplicate. Having worshipped God because God is God, having offered this general worship and adoration, we come now to the particular and the apostle here encourages us to make our supplications known to God. He tells us that we can take particular things to God, that petition is a legitimate part of prayer. So we bring our petitions, the particular things that are now concerning us.
Third, he tells us to offer thanksgiving. That is one of the most vital of all these terms. If while we pray to God, we have a grudge against Him, in our hearts, we have no right to expect that the peace of God will keep our heart and minds. If we go on our knees feeling that God is against us, we may as well get up and go out. We do not deny our problems as terrible as they may be. We look to our Savior and his death for us on the cross. We must remind ourselves that He is our Father, that He loves us so much that the very hairs on our head are all numbered. And we when we have reminded ourselves, we must pour out our heart in thanksgiving.

Please then look at Psalm 62:8,
Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah
Taken from Spiritual Depression, Its Causes and Cures (1965) by D. Martyn Lloyd Jones, Grand Rapids, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company pp 266-272.