Sermon Devotions

Navigating Life’s Storms

A Biblical Perspective on Stress Management

Day 2: Embracing God’s Sovereignty Amidst Stress

“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.” Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

In these verses, Apostle Paul speaks to the believers in Philippi about how to handle anxiety and stress. Instead of worrying, we are instructed to pray to God, expressing our needs and desires with a heart of gratitude. This exercise of faith acknowledges God’s sovereignty, and in return, we receive His peace—a peace that goes beyond human comprehension and protects our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Imagine you’re a child lost in a large, crowded market. You’re stressed and worried because you can’t find your way home. Then, you remember that you have a walkie-talkie, and your dad, who knows the market inside out, is on the other end. You tell him where you are and that you’re scared, but even as you speak, you begin to feel better because you know your dad is in control. He knows the way home and will guide you. That’s like us with God. When we’re stressed and anxious, we can reach out to Him in prayer, and as we do, we begin to experience His peace.
  • According to this passage, what are we encouraged to do instead of being anxious?
  • What kind of peace does God promise to those who turn to Him in prayer?
  • How is God’s peace protective?
  • How can you put this Scripture into practice during times of anxiety and stress?
  • What practical ways to develop a habit of turning to prayer instead of worry?
  • Reflect on when you experienced God’s peace in a stressful situation. What can you learn from that experience?


Bring your anxieties and worries to God right now. Ask for His peace to fill your heart and mind. Thank Him for His sovereignty and control over your life. Pray for a deeper trust in Him during times of stress and anxiety.

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