You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isa. 26:3-4
Most kind and trustworthy Father, you haven’t promised us a storm-less, hassle-free, conflict-empty life. You offer us no formulas for decreasing the probability of upsetting things happening around us or disillusioning things happening to us. But you have promised something that transcends chaos and fear, wars in our world and wars in our hearts.
You’ve promised to give us your peace, no matter what’s going on. Given the crazy-making storylines and vexing circumstances of life, we treasure the promise of being kept by you and for you. When we’re out of bootstraps to pull up, and there’s no magic happy pill to take or “fix-it” button to push… you give us yourself. Thank you for being a Father who will never forget or abandon your children.
You’re the only Promise Keeper, Father, and the promises you’ve made on our behalf are over-the-top glorious. You’ve promised to keep us in perfect peace in a perfectly peace-less world. Indeed, you’ve promised us a peace that even passes all understanding—all based on the “it-is-finished” peace-making work of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us mine the riches of the gospel, and help us keep in mind the inexhaustible wonders of your love for us in Christ. Jesus is the Rock that is higher than us, our Rock of Refuge, the Rock of Ages.
Because the gospel is true, we will not despair. What a good, good Father you are. There is none like you, no, not one. Your mercies are daily, your sovereignty is constant, and your grace is sufficient. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.