Today’s Scripture: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Sometimes, we just don’t get it. When someone is going through a hard time, we try to be there for them, but we can’t know exactly what they’re dealing with. That is, until we face that problem for ourselves.One situation which really helped me understand what people were going through was my quintuple bypass surgery. People would come to me and ask me to pray because they were going in for a heart surgery. I would pray with them, but I couldn’t accurately comprehend what they were facing. Then one day, I was the on the operating table.

Going in for heart surgery was a big deal. I had never had to go to the hospital for anything before, and now, I was going in for a potentially life-threatening surgery. It was a little unnerving to say the least, but as I lay there, I prayed, and I knew that everything was going to be okay. It’s hard to explain, but I had perfect peace in that situation.

How can we have the “peace of God which passeth all understanding”? It’s because we are praying to the Almighty God. He can comfort us in a special way because He knows exactly what we are going through. When Christ came, He became flesh. As God, He knows what we are facing, and as a man, He knows how it is affecting us. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Even though others cannot always relate to what we are feeling, God knows and is there for us. When we pray, we are acknowledging that He is in control. The worry can disappear, and we can rest confidently in God’s hands. Bring your requests to your Heavenly Father-He will give perfect peace no matter what you are facing.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder