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Give thanks when presenting your petitions to God

 

Do you feel it is God’s will that we make petitions to Him, i.e. bring our needs and the needs of our family, friends to Him?

In 1 Chronicles 16:4 we have the following: “He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to make petition to give thanks, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel.” Here we have the work of the Lord in that He appointed one of the tribes out of 12 tribes to be set aside for prayer with petitions, thanksgiving, and praise. Are we one of those appointed to present to Him prayers of petitions, thanksgiving, and praise? If we are one of His, we are appointed!

Let’s look to Christ as our example and in Hebrews 5:7 we read the following: “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.” Christ is our example and we need to follow and spend time with God in prayer and present Him with petitions, thanksgiving, and praise. How much more must our needs be?

Paul gives his instructions of praying for others and in Ephesians 6:19, “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” He asks those that know the Lord as their Savior to pray for him. In Romans 15:30, Paul urges prayers as he says, “I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” Paul had a great need to know that the early Christians were praying for him and the work he had been called to do. Therefore, we should also pray for one another.

Let’s look to Philippians 4:4-7, “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again, Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

We can claim these promises from our Lord. We can rejoice in the Lord always, not just now and then, but always! We can see the words, “The Lord is near.” He is there, standing for us and then we can claim the other words, do not be anxious about anything!

We are to pray and petition our Heavenly Father with thanksgiving and present our requests to God. And we can claim the promise that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will be with us in every area of our lives, in our hearts and in our minds. Praise the name of the Lord.

 
 
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