Life presses in and I get stressed, tired, worn. The first thing I do is pray.
"Please, God, give me relief from this world. Send me your peace."
Sometimes it "works," sometimes it doesn't. But after reading 2 Peter, I think I've had it all wrong.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2
Do you see it? Grace and peace are not magic fairy dust that sprinkles down on us when we pray. They come through our KNOWLEDGE of God and Jesus. When we read of His love and sacrifice we are blessed. When we understand the character of God, we know He is trustworthy. Is it right to expect God to grant us peace just by asking for it without seeking Him out in His Word?
And if that isn't enough, check out the next verse.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:3
We are given everything we need through our KNOWLEDGE of Him. Everything.
Do you need any more motivation to crack open your Bible?