7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4).
Praying aright always involves profound humility and deep gratitude, and “the peace of God” is always its sweet result. Furthermore, this peace keeps watch as a holy sentinel to “guard your hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.” It stands alone in the gap, keeping at bay rogue emotions and false assumptions that would try to sneak in and overthrow our lives.
We usually get it all backwards. We feel like we can use our emotions to make us feel better, and we think we can use our minds to make us reason better — yet the truth of the matter is, our hearts and our minds are really the enemy itself! We need a holy sentinel to come and stand guard against ourselves, and this holy sentinel comes only as the result of praying aright: with humility and gratitude. Thankfully, we have the promise of the Holy Spirit Himself coming to our aid to help us “pray as we should” (Romans 8:26).
Lord, thank You for Your Spirit who helps us bring the peace of God into our lives. Help us This Day, that this sentinel might stand strong and guard us well. Amen.