The Power of a Thankful Heart

By Landon Dial

In our world today, it is almost impossible to find someone who has not dealt with the feeling of anxiety. Whether it is our thoughts or a situation, we all have dealt with this terrible feeling before. While the world does everything it can to try and numb us of this feeling, the Bible discusses this feeling and provides us with the perfect prescription for it. 

Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” In this passage, Paul is the writer and he is writing this from prison. I don’t know about you but I know that if I was in prison I would probably feel a little anxious about things. However, Paul tells us to not be anxious about anything and I believe he gives us a prescription to overcome that feeling of anxiety. He says to talk to God about everything through prayer and supplication, but when you look at the original language of Greek, the word “prayer” in this passage can mean a place of prayer, and the word “supplication” means to petition or to pray. Paul is saying that we need to get to a place of prayer and to pray, to get alone with God the Father and pray. The key, however, is to do it with a thankful heart. 

Find a place of prayer, pray, and do it with a thankful heart.

When we get alone with God and talk to Him with thankfulness in our hearts, Paul tells us that God’s peace, a peace we cannot even fathom, will enter into our lives and it will guard our hearts and minds from the feeling of anxiety or any other feeling that is not of God. The power of having a thankful heart is overcoming anxiety with the Peace of God. Let’s daily find time to get to a place of prayer, pray, and thank God for who He is and all He has done for us and watch as the feeling of anxiety is cast out of our lives by the peace of God.

January 1, 2024