The fruit of prayer is peace in every area of life.
When we pray peace comes. I am not sure if it’s because of the humility it takes to pray, the fruit of honesty that prayer brings, or because the Lord is the God of peace. What I do know is that prayer brings peace.
First to myself
We are told to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer, supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6) God wants to know everything that concerns us. He wants us to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7) Prayer is the unburdening of the soul and our responsibility to know what to do. Prayer is returning my life back to the One who created me and saved me, to create and save me again.
And the first fruit is peace.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, comes and guards my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7) Prayer is surrender to God and surrender to the One more powerful than we can and will ever be. Unconditional surrender to God brings perfect peace to our hearts and minds.
All war is against the Lord and His anointed.
If prayer is surrender, then war is the refusal to bend the knee. (Psalms 2) When I bring the nations to the Lord in prayer, peace comes to me and the nations I am bringing to the Lord. As my heart and soul submit back to the Lord, His peace comes to guard my heart and mind. But it’s more than a passive surrender; I am now trusting the Lord with what I have given Him. I will have faith in what I have given Him to care for.
Peace grows with each prayer.
Prayer for all men is good and acceptable in the sight of God, our Savior. When we pray for all men with thanksgiving the fruit is a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. (1 Timothy 2:1, 2) The peace of God is our defense. (Philippians 1:28) The peace of God is the atmosphere that we carry and give to those we are sent to. (Luke 10:5, 6) Peace is not weakness; peace is strength.
And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. (Romans 16:20)