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. Phil. 4:6-7

Heavenly Father, thank you for the freedom to own our anxieties. Worries and fears aren’t something to be ashamed of, but to steward well—to bring to you. So here we come—confident of your welcome, dependent on your grace, grateful for your love.

What are our requests? There are many things we’d love changed right now—in our country, in our families, in our own stories. But more than changed circumstances, we want what you actually promise in this passage. Father, we want your peace to “guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

We don’t want to tie our peace to our circumstances, but to our Savior. We’re tired of sifting through the narratives of what’s really going on in America and the world. Only you know what you’re sovereignly up to—in the courts of heaven and the halls of Congress, among the nations of the world and in the minutia of the moment. Deepen our trust, and increase our peace.

What thanksgiving do we offer today? Thank you for an empty tomb and occupied throne. Thank you for hiding our lives in Christ and burying our sins in the sea. Thank you for not watching passively, but working actively in all things for your glory, and our good. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ great and grace-full name.