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The Prayer Of Trust (4 of 8)
Series: The Practice Of Personal Peace (The Lord’s Prayer)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) Series... THE PRACTICE OF PERSONAL PEACE ...
... Few people today really have what I would call peace of mind!
In fact, one out of every eight Americans between the ages of 18 and 54 suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder. That totals about nineteen million people. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America even surpassing depression. And among senior adults 65 years of age and up, the number one health issue is anxiety.
1- Many people in our world ... anxious today ... War on Terrorism ... extremists wanting to kill someone just because they are American or Christian!
* But no amount of security personnel ... armed guards ... metal detectors ... or bomb-sniffing dogs is able to bring peace to your heart.
-- The story of Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry, the two young ladies who were captured in Afghanistan by the Taliban. In reading the story, I found out that they were each captured independent of each other. As Heather talks in the book, she talks about being in this taxi and being surrounded and pushed into this taxi by Taliban guards. And as they wound their way through the streets, they went to a government building. As they pulled up, the guard dragged her out of the car into this government building where she would be questioned. To her dismay she saw Dayna sitting in a little white car in front of the taxi. As the guards dragged her by the car, she said, "Somehow I had the strength and the peace to just look down through the window and say to Dayna, ‘It’s OK. God is with us.’" How do you get that kind of peace in that situation? ... How do you trust God like that?
Phil. 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which ...
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