“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say Rejoice…do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.”
(Philippians 4:4-6; KJV)
To be honest, I have a list of things I have to keep bringing to the throne of God so that I can obey this passage and not be anxious. I suspect that you might have several such matters too, from family to national burdens. What is His prescription? Rejoice in Him – some of the time, at the good times— always —really! How? Because in every thing – not only some, but with all things, come to Him with thanksgiving. Another passage to really get rooted in is Psalm 100:4-5: “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise…his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” I love that the Lord included “all generations” because there it is in black and white printed evidence; He will be faithful in 2020 just as in the days of the psalmist. Not faithful in some generations or eras but ALL. His love endures not some of the time, but FOREVER—even today. We just need to enter with thankfulness, rejoicing as we bring our requests to Him. As we bring our requests, let’s remember others who are carrying burdens or are deceived that do not know the freedom and release that we have when we bring them to the Lord. Selah.
Points for Prayer:
Before rising each day, count your blessings, however small or huge.
Before sleeping each day, find a new thing to thank Him for that has been overlooked.
Feel His good pleasure in your thankful, grateful heart; friends, we must tarry here.
Thank Him that we can bring our requests to Him—that He wants us to come to Him.
Give Him great gratitude that He is never anxious about our days, never stops working and responding to prayer.
By Lisa Crump
Vice President of Volunteer Mobilization, National Day of Prayer