Peace Unforfeited

Is unforfeited even a word? I’m thinking it’s not…but maybe you get the idea of what I mean.

At church the other night, one of the ministers sang “What a friend we have in Jesus.” It’s been a long time since I’ve heard this song. As he sang, one particular line really stood out to me.

“Oh what peace we often forfeit. Oh what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer.”

Sounds so simple. But how often have I sacrificed peace by now taking my cares to the Lord. I’ve taken my problems to friends and family and asked for their opinions and views. I’ve read the Bible and attended Bible study to hear from the Lord. I’ve even asked others to pray for me. But in my life, there have been times where I have neglected spending time with the Lord in prayer.

I know what the Bible says: Cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you. Everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your request known to the Lord. Pray without ceasing.

Ever since that moment, I’ve decided to stop forfeiting my peace! Peace Unforfeited as I’m fond of saying in my head. I’ve decided to make 2013 a year of purposeful prayer. For me, that means more of an intentional time of prayer. Not just quickie prayers, but practicing the discipline of praying and listening.


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