When we ask God for things, the true power is in our willingness to ask whether we get what we ask for or not. When we present our requests and petitions to God, it is an act of trust. An action step that says, “this is where I place my hope”.

Sometimes when we ask, we do not get the specific thing we want. But we always get the offer of peace. God always extends to us the thing that transcends what we experience and what we ask for – relationship with HIm. Therein is where we find peace.

God’s peace transcends circumstances. Meaning, whether you get what you ask for or not does not matter as much as your willingness to trust God. Because asking HIm is an act of trust, it is a gateway to peace that transcends circumstances.

And the peace of God also guards our hearts and minds. It does this by inviting us into something that transcends the circumstances of our ask, so that we do not make an idol out of the things we want, the things that happen, or the things that don’t happen. Instead, they are resources for stewardship. No reason for anxiety. Just an invitation to steward whatever happens toward the transcendent peace of God.

“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.”
– Philippians 4:6-7