Philippians 4:6-7

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

careful (v.6) = anxious, having a distracting care — the habit of worry

nothing (v.6) = lit. “not even one thing”

prayer (v.6) — general term — prayer to God as worship and devotion

supplication (v.6) = petition for desired benefits

requests (v.6) — the things asked for

peace (v.7) — a sense of rest and contentment

peace of God (v.7) — more than “peace with God” — inward tranquility based and grounded on God’s presence

understanding (v.7) — all thinking power: perceiving, knowing, judging, determining

keep (v.7) — a military term — “to keep with a garrison”

heart (v.7) — the seat of thought and feeling

mind (v.7) — thoughts, mental actions issuing from the mind.

Stop perpetually worrying about even one thing, but in everything, by prayer whose essence is that of worship and devotion, and by supplication which is a cry for your personal needs, let your requests for the things asked for be made known in the presence of God, and the peace of God which surpasses all power of comprehension, shall mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. — Wuest, page 110.

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