Militant peace is in one sense an oxymoron, yet when understanding the nature of peace you see that it is something that is active and not passive.
In Philippians 4v6-7 Pauls encourages us with words that many have committed to heart.
“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
He recognised that we all get anxious, but he knew that wasn’t to be the place we stayed. He had revelation and experience of something beyond anxiety. In his moments of angst he practiced what he preached. He is teaching us about his own prayer life and the experience that he had. He is saying, this works, this really works. I have tried and tested it in my own life and you don’t have to live with anxiety, as you bring your request before God, with thanksgiving, there is a peace that the Lord will give you, it is beyond your natural understanding, it will fill you up and keep you and guard you.
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My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Song of Solomon 2:14
How many times have I read this and thought of it as a prayer to the Lord and an expression of my desire for Him? When the truth is, this is what the Lord thinks of us. These are His thoughts towards His children.
It is in the clefts of the rock, the mountainside, the secret place of prayer where the secrets of your heart pour out and the deep cries of pain are expressed that He expresses His love of our voice and His joy in our turning our face towards Him. It is in the place where noone else knows, that our fragrance rises up to Him and moves His heart. I am not saying it doesn’t happen in the corporate prayer meeting or the fleeting prayer in the midst of our busy day, but I am saying there is something fragrant about the stealing away to the secret place that moves His heart. I find it extraordinary that we can move … Read More »