Knee-Mail to God – Philippians 4:6-7
- 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
- 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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For Philippians 4:6-7, first let’s look at the words prayer and supplication.
- Prayer is a privilege and an obligation of the Christian where we communicate with God.
- In fact it is the way we convey our confession (1 John 1:9) to our holy God.
- That is, with requests (1 Tim. 2:1-3)
- In addition, intercessions (James 5:15)
- More importantly, with thanksgiving (Phil. 4:6)
- Furthermore because, we are commanded to pray (1 Thess. 5:17)
There is nothing that we may bring before God that we shouldn’t. In fact, God wants us to talk to him about everything.
Although it is a noun, supplication comes from the Latin verb supplicare, which means “to plead humbly.” While a supplication is often thought of as a religious prayer , it can logically be applied to any situation. That is, in which you must earnestly ask or implore someone in power for help or a favor.
Supplication is a prayer where we ask God for something. That is, to do something specific. Many times we lose out because we haven’t gone before our Father and asked him for help.
The Lord God Knows
God always has the knowledge of what we’ve done, need or want. He already knows about our requests while we are still in the thinking stages. So where the verse says “Let your requests be known unto God” it’s not for his benefit, but for ours. That is, it is his will (intention) that we are participants in our own lives.
We also must remember that our prayers and supplications should be given with thanksgiving. More importantly, not with whining or demands. But, we are to ask with heartfelt love and praise.
Why? Because God wants us to have true peace. We are not to worry about anything, nor be anxious. Consequently, everything boils down to one of two areas; love or fear. In short, love is of God and fear is of the enemy. Specifically, fear is sin!
If we are afraid, where does God fit into the scenario? The enemy loves for us to be unhappy, scared or apprehensive. So, what can we do in situations of fear? Turn immediately to God and he will bless us with his peace that passes understanding.
My Prayer for Philippians 4:6-7
Heavenly Father, Our King and Strength,
Thank you Lord that you actually want to be with me during every step and every adventure that I will experience while on this earth. In short, as I draw closer to you, I will grow in you. Please also remind me to talk to you about everything; with prayer and praise.
As your child, I will enjoy your peace when times of worry, unhappiness and fear come upon me. Furthermore, I may not even have understanding of why a certain situation has come along. However, I will know that, when asked, you will bless me with your peace that passes my understanding.
In tough situations, I periodically forget to pray. In addition when I am in gladness, I sometimes forget to praise you Lord. Fortunately, you never forget to be with me Father. So, please help me to make it my habit to always be in prayer. Also, regardless of the situation, I will immediately turn to you first. Giving you, thanks and praise Father.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen