ASKING AND THANKING
I would argue strongly that we spend more time asking God, and less time thanking God. Yes, it is true that we should ask so that we receive. Knock, and the door shall be opened. Seek and we shall find. But, we cannot pray without thanking God. I know that is hard to do. I must admit that I chuckle at times when I hear people say that if the Lord does nothing else for me, I am satisfied. I cannot say that. I need Him every day for His grace and mercy. I am also mindful to thank Him each day for His tender and loving care. Today’s devotion, Philippians 4:6 clearly speaks of asking and thanking.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.”
These powerful words flow from the heart of the humble servant, Paul. Throughout this chapter, Paul offers words of encouragement to his brothers and sisters in Christ. He tells them of the joy in the Lord, not to worry, but instead pray about everything. He tells them to think of things that are true, honorable, and right. Think pure and lovely thoughts. He urges them to tell God exactly what they need and for all He has done. Paul expresses thanks to the Church at Philippi for all they have done for him, by expressing their love and concern for them. More than just thanks, he thanks God! He says that when you thank Him for all He has done, you will experience the peace that exceeds anything we will experience. Read this chapter. Take some time out today to go before God and place your needs into His hands. Do not stop there. Thank Him for what He has done and will do. When you do that you will have the peace of God and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the best is yet to come.