Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:4-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving list your requests be known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Prayer delivers us from anxiety. Prayer shows our utter dependance upon God. We come to realize that we cannot, but He can. Believers know how dependent upon God we really are. Prayer reminds us of this dependance. It allows us to rest in our Lord and to know He will do all things well.
Prayer enables us to see life from God’s perspective. It causes us to rest in His sovereignty. David understood this — “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). David had one driving desire in his life — “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in HIs temple” (Psalm 27:4). Yes, prayer takes us straight into the presence of God.
We do not have to be anxious about anything. Rather we are to pray about everything. We are to let our requests be known to God — all of them! We must learn to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand as we cast all our cares upon Him — “Humble yourselves therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you” (I Peter 5:6,7).
When we pray, we must remember how much God cares about us. He knows what is best for us. Therefore, all our prayers should include thanksgiving. When we pray specific supplications with thanksgiving, we can be assured that God hears and that He will act in His own time.
Lord God, thank You for the blessing of prayer. I know that I can come to You at any time and lift up my requests to You. Thank You for hearing my prayers and I am certain that You will always do what is best for me.
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