The Prayer for Peace
Reinhold Niebuhr penned the Serenity Prayer in the 1930s, and it remains one of the most revered and relevant prayers among Christians worldwide. The Serenity Prayer captures the essence of the Christian heart in only a handful of short, powerful words, with each line containing a potent biblical reminder to sustain us throughout the day.
God accomplishes His greatest work when we submit to Him, especially with regard to things beyond our control. Job 11:13–14 is a wonderful reminder of this: “Give your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins—even the ones you do in secret…” What aspects of your life can you surrender to God today?
In these moments of total surrender to God, His sweet voice can be heard in our hearts, guiding us through His plan for our lives with every decision we must make. This reminder is concluded in Job 11:15 with the promise, “…Then you will not be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless.”
How many times in the past few months have you exclaimed, “Wow, that week flew by!” while attempting to recall the events of 7 days that seemed to move faster than your mind and body could keep up? Time is precious, and the best way to live is to be present and available to God’s will in each moment. James 4:14-15 emphasizes the impermanence of time “How do you know what tomorrow will bring for you? Your life is like the morning fog; it’s here for a short time and then disappears. You should state, “If the Lord wills it, we will live and do this or that.”
God uses the hardships and tribulations we face in this life for His good in a way that only He could devise. Instead of resisting these moments, we can accept and embrace them as part of God’s greater plan and use them to truly understand what He is trying to teach us. This encouragement is found in James 1:2-4. “When adversity of any kind befalls you, dear brothers and sisters, view it as an opportunity for great joy. You are aware that when your faith is put to the test, your endurance has the opportunity to grow. Therefore, allow it to grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and need nothing else.”
To submit to God’s will for our lives, we must become less like ourselves and more like Jesus, the greatest man to have ever walked the earth. Galatians 2:20, “My previous self was crucified with Christ. No longer do I live, but Christ dwells within me. Therefore, I live in this mortal body by placing my faith in the Son of God, who loved me and sacrificed himself for me.”
There are numerous things on earth that promise to bring us happiness and contentment, but none can compare to the promise of joy we receive as Christians “Because you have faith in Him, I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace. Then, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will be brimming with confident hope.” Romans 15:13