Monday, December 31,
Rhapsody of Realities TeeVo,
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome,
THANK HIM AS YOU PRAY!
(Present Your Requests With Thanksgiving!),
📖TO THE BIBLE: Philippians 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 surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
One rainy morning, Cindy woke to take her morning devotion. Instead of thanking the Lord for all the beautiful things He had done for her in the year, she complained and whined about several things she deemed unanswered: “Lord, I’m so worried about what’s going to happen in the new year for my education; I want to get into the university, will you help me?” She didn’t thank Him in anticipation of an answer after the prayer.
There’re times people pray and make requests about certain things; maybe about their family or health, or something that deeply bothers them, and it seems things aren’t changing. The missing link could be that they’re not presenting their requests and supplications with “thanksgiving.” Read our opening verse again carefully, and you’ll notice that your prayer and supplication have to be with thanksgiving. When you present your request in that manner, what follows is the peace of God that surpasses all understanding: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). This is remarkable! The kind of peace that people wonder at, will guard your heart and mind when you present your requests and supplications to the Lord “with thanksgiving.”
Those around you won’t understand why you can be so at peace and in control, in spite of oppositions, challenges and contrary winds that may come your way. Do you have a special request for 2019? Present your requests and supplications to the Lord, with thanksgiving. Don’t beg; don’t complain. Ask, receive, and be full of joy. Hallelujah!
John 16:33; John 14:27; John 16:24
📚Daily Bible Reading
ONE YEAR: Revelation 22:1-21, Malachi 3-4
TWO YEAR: Acts 5:24-32, Nehemiah 1-2
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the revelation of your Word today, and for bringing me into the life of peace and unlimited prosperity in Christ Jesus. I declare that your peace that passes all understanding fills my heart and that of my loved ones today, and we prosper tremendously in all our endeavours, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Spend time to thank God for the past year, and bless His name for the great things He has in store for you in the coming one.