Have you ever been stressed? Ever been a little anxious? Me too. The things that weigh us down can be as small as trying to make something fit into our schedules, to as big as the health of a loved one. But no matter what things weigh us down; God has a better way to handle our stress. “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” -Philippians 4:6
Now I’ve heard this verse a million times, and I would guess that you’ve heard it too, but there is something in here that I think we often miss. “…by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” How well does our God know us? If you are like me, we find it easy to worry even in our prayers. Even as we approach the Prince of Peace we are so overcome by anxiety that we end up pleading with God to meet our needs; but our anxiety, stress and worry are unnecessary! Just a few verses later, Paul tells the Philippians, “My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 God knows what the provision for our need is before we even ask!
This week’s homework: Don’t worry! Be thankful! Make your requests known to God through thankful prayer.