Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Prayer and the peace of God go hand in hand.
As you spend time in prayer, especially praying in the spirit (1 Corinthians 14:14), the peace of God rises up from within you because this peace comes not from the outside, but from deep within you – from your spirit.
But thanksgiving is also a powerful key in the Kingdom of God because it is the heart attitude that takes you into faith.
Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. That’s because faith is the currency of the kingdom – without faith, it is impossible to interact and connect with God. Everything you receive from God comes through faith.
And thanksgiving is a mindset that keeps you in faith. A thankful heart causes you to go to the positive rather than the negative. It’s focusing on the answer rather than the problem and this is the spirit of faith that sees the breakthrough in your life.
Now thanksgiving is something you need to “put on” when it comes to your spirit. Isaiah 61:3 says to “put on the garment of praise”. When it comes to the circumstances you might be going through, “thanksgiving and praise” may be the last two things you want to do! But this is where you need to choose faith over your feelings. Faith is a decision to go to praise, to go to thanksgiving and declare the power of God over your circumstances.
Often this is how the young Christian develops faith in their life.
Growing faith in God is training yourself in the ways of the “spirit life” rather than the “flesh life”. Romans 8:5 talks about the mindset of the believer.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
Setting your mind on the spirit is going to faith, casting your cares to God through prayer and carrying a spirit of thanksgiving because the Lord hears your prayers. Setting your mind on the flesh is allowing your feelings to dictate your life bringing worry, fear, and anxiety.
I recall learning this as a young Christian in my twenties.
I read so many books about faith and allowing my spirit to gain mastery over the flesh. And once you understand these spiritual principles you are no longer held captive to your feelings and circumstances. You have trained yourself in the ways of faith. Everyone else thinks you are just a positive person. It’s not a positivity that comes from self, it’s a trust and faith in God that only brings one response – thanksgiving.
Always carry a thankfulness in your prayer-life. It keeps you in faith and reminds you of all the good things the Lord has done for you.