Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Did you ever find yourself praying specifically for an answer of peace? I know I have. Peace is something that we all want, and yes, need. Many times the chaos of life brings us to our knees in prayer, and while the Bible speaks much about peace, I want to focus on our praying for and receiving an answer of peace.
The origin of praying for an answer of peace is found in Genesis chapter 41. Pharaoh, the ruler of the land of Egypt, had a troubling dream, which he wanted to know the meaning of. He was told that a man in his prison, Joseph, a Hebrew slave, was able to interpret dreams. Pharaoh immediately sent for Joseph and their conversation is recorded in Genesis 41:15-16: “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
Joseph’s answer both humbly gave God the glory for any ability that he had to interpret dreams, and also offer comfort and peace to this troubled ruler. After Pharaoh described the dream to Joseph, Joseph both correctly interpreted the dream and gave some very good advice to Pharaoh.
God did give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
Today, we have things that trouble us daily. Too many times we need an answer of peace to our problems, and it is totally appropriate to pray and ask the same God of Joseph to give us an answer of peace.
These are times when I have found the need to pray for an answer of peace:
• I need to make a major decision ― and don’t know what to do
• When personal circumstances spiral out of my control
• I feel there is no way out
• I got some very disturbing news
I am sure that you can relate to one or all of these scenarios. You may feel like I have at times, that life goes on like a swirling, flowing stream. Meanwhile, you are stuck like a rock in the middle of that stream, not knowing what to do, feeling both numb and cold. Many times I have specially prayed for an answer of peace about a certain situation when it seems like there are no answers available. Praying for an answer of peace is when we ask God for an acceptable solution to a problem and can truly live with His answer. Then, and only then, will we have great peace with whatever He provides.
God does not always take the problem away, but He can and does change circumstances, opens doors of opportunity, and gives us the strength, wisdom, and ability to cope.
Have you ever asked and received from God an answer of peace? I would love to hear about it.