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Rest comes when we give our burdens to God in prayer.  After He lifts heavy concerns from our hearts, He replaces them with His supernatural peace.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7).

This verse promises a supernatural peace that defies circumstances and logic.  It “transcends all understanding.”  It is the miraculous cure to anxiety.  Worry can lead to deeper pain and foolish decisions.  But the heart’s peaceful rest in Jesus protects us from the stress that causes confusion.  It allows us to think clearly and discern God’s wisdom.  It also makes room in our hearts for the joy of the Lord, enabling us to be confident even while facing serious problems.  God’s rest is powerful.

In fact, God’s rest is the place of spiritual victory.  Entering God’s rest is like climbing onto a rock far above our enemies.  Just getting on top of that rock – coming to a place of rest in our hearts – removes spiritual enemies from positions they were trying to occupy around us.  That’s why the Bible tells us to, “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Col 3:15), and “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Rom 16:20).  When we are at peace, we’ve already conquered.