When presented at the British Court, Abigail and daughter Nabby Adams had to endure the stifling formality of English diplomacy. When the Prince of Wales entered, one lady made herself conspicuous by seeking his recognition of her daughter. To no avail. He spent an hour conversing with a pretty woman, then left without acknowledging the lady and daughter. Abigail herself said she never felt more demeaned than waiting for a glance, a nod or a smile from British royalty.
God may not answer our request as petitioned. He may not answer at all. He may not answer in the time-frame we feel the need of it. But being in God’s presence through prayer will always lift our spirit, buoy our hope and fortify our discipleship.
Philippians 4:4-7 remains bedrock truth and assurance. Whatever we commit to God in prayer, and however he answers, his PEACE guarantees to “guard”—like a military sentry—our hearts and minds. Our minds to defuse the anxiety. Our hearts to keep it defused. We can mentally determine a course of action; that won’t automatically keep the emotions from undermining resolution. God’s peace garrisons both mind and heart. That peace defies understanding, exceeds explanation and surpasses our discipleship experience. Just by praying to God through Jesus Christ. Christians, exercise your privilege.