Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
This scripture is as direct as it sounds. Paul tells us to be "anxious for nothing" meaning; we shouldn't worry. We all know that worrying never brings solutions to our problems but rather takes away from us and in most instances can even cause us to be physically sick. As human beings' worrying seems like an impossibility but Paul's advice us to turn our worries into prayers and with thanksgiving making our request known to God. Last night as we were about to round up our prayer meeting, my Pastor said thanking God should be daily and from a heart of gratitude no matter what our circumstances may be or look like. Because, we know if God made us victorious yesterday, we are sure He will make us victorious today, tomorrow and in the future. It's a promise and one He will never break because He is not man that He should lie.
I want to urge each and everyone of us today, to be honest before God in prayer. While maintaining humility and thanksgiving for His saving grace, lets pour out the good, and the ugly of our feelings. As Habakkuk, Job and others discovered, God can handle our intense emotions and questions. Though He rarely explains Himself fully to us. Perhaps because we can't fully understand this side of eternity! But however, He does flood us with His power, love and peace when we come humbly and honestly before Him and pour out our heart in all sincerity.
Ask yourself when was the last time you genuinely and honestly went to God with a heart of thanksgiving even int the midst of all the storm?
2 Corinthians 4:17-18----"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal"
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?--Romans 8:24
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.--Hebrews 11:1
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