30th March 2019

The Prayer of Serenity

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.”
Proverbs 2:6-7 (NKJV)

One of the most popular prayers today is the prayer known as the “The Prayer of Serenity.” I’d like to look at three Biblical principles we can learn from this prayer.

The first is to do with serenity. When life feels out of control, it’s easy to try to work harder at controlling everything and everyone around us! Some of us do the opposite and just throw our hands up and give up on the situation or person. Whichever extreme we go to, peace and serenity continues to move further from our lives. Accepting and submitting to God’s control and plan for our lives is the only way to find peace in situations we cannot control or change. We may not always know God’s plan but we can let go and let God work through us. “Moses told the people, fear not; stand still (firm, confident calm, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today…The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest [calm]” (Exodus 14:13-14 AMP). In Philippians 4:7 (NIV) we read, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” God promised a supernatural peace when we bring our worries and concerns to Him in prayer.

Principle two can be found in the line, “The courage to change the things I can.” God’s Holy Spirit is able to supply us with the courage to follow and act upon God’s plan for our lives. We can all call upon the power of God for courage to move forward into the full life He has planned for us. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Lastly, let’s consider wisdom. The Serenity Prayer asks for wisdom to know when we need peaceful contentment or to be courageous. Wisdom is a gift that God promised to give to those who ask for it! God will tell us, through his word or in answers to prayer, when to acccept things and when to take courage to change them. James 1:5 (NIV) says, “If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

As we go through life there are things that we cannot change, but this is where we learn contentment and grow in courage as we seek the wisdom that comes from above through prayer and Bible study.

God, I pray this prayer sincerely: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Dennis Payne

About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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