"Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything,
by prayer and petition,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (NIV)
In our anxiety, fear and uncertainty, when hearts are heavy
with the load we bear, and there is no one to turn toward
Yours is the peace that calms, the peace that comforts, the peace that gives us strength to carry on.
Yours is the voice we long to hear, the persistent whisper in our ear, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’.
Yours is the presence in the dark that banishes our fears.
Yours is the hand that guides, the footprints in which I walk.
In our anxiety, fear and uncertainty, in confidence we turn to you.
Sometimes words are not enough to express the language of our hearts, sometimes minds are filled with prayers without expression.
Sometimes there are not enough spare moments in each day, sometimes regret is all we have as our confession.
Sometimes faith is not enough but in the presence of your peace, sometimes prayer can be a quiet conversation.
Sometimes words are not enough to express the anguish on our hearts, sometimes prayers are answered that remain unspoken.
Living God, You appeared to your disciples in their hour of fear, and offered them your peace to still their hearts. May we open our arms to be living hope in the world today, bringing peace to those in living in fear. Give us courage to be bold in what we believe; may we hold firm to your promise of life and hope, and strive for a new world, free from poverty, injustice and conflict.
~ from the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.