Can I Speak to The Person in Charge, Please?

Kristie Terrell

‘Tis The Season

Glancing at my Christmas to-do list, I feel the anxiety and stress creeping in and robbing my peace. How am I going to finish this list? The joy of the season feels fleeting. Then, the Holy Spirit brings to mind one of my favorite verses: “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

During the busyness of life and the hustle and bustle of Christmas, we can often feel that it’s our sole responsibility to handle everything. We must take care of the shopping list, the cooking, the cleaning, the perfect family picture, and the list goes on and on. We need to remember all the little details, and then we need to make them happen. But we often forget to go to the true source of strength, to the One in control of it all: God.

 

Can I Speak to The Person in Charge, Please?

We have the beautiful opportunity to speak with God at any time and at any place. We don’t have to have a special setting. Nor do we need to make an appointment to share our thoughts and concerns with our heavenly Father. Just find a simple moment to connect with God. He hears us and knows us. He’s waiting to spend time with us, to restore our joy and peace. You may ask yourself, “Can I speak to the person in charge, please?” Most definitely! What a blessing we have, yet often do not use.

In the intimacy of prayer, we can give thanks for all the blessings of our life, worshiping the one true God. He loved us so much that He sent Jesus for us. That’s why we can give all our anxiety and fears to God. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares about you.” In prayer, we can ask for guidance for our life and for our family. We can also take time to listen to what God has for us. We can be still in His presence.

 

Why Do We Pray?

David Platt says, “The primary purpose of prayer is not to get something, but to know Someone.” It is through these intimate times of prayer that we learn more and more about God. We can learn more about the character of God.

And we can find the peace that only God can provide—peace in knowing that He alone is in control, that we are loved by Him, and that He has a plan for our lives. Though we will face hard times, He is always with us. We don’t face anything alone. And His peace is ours for the taking, knowing that He is on the throne.

 

Yours for The Taking

Do you know peace? God’s peace? We can find this stillness in knowing that God is continually present in each and every moment of our lives. He is with us and working on our behalf for His glory. In the presence of God, through prayer, we find peace. So the question is not “Can I speak to the person in charge, please?” but rather “Am I taking the time to speak to the One in charge?”

Take the time this busy season to lean into God. He wants you to draw near to Him. He wants you to know Him better, and He made this intimacy possible through His Son, Jesus. May you have His peace throughout this Christmas season and for the next year to come.

“May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

— 2 Thessalonians 3:16