Don’t worry, be Thankful
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)
Don’t be careful? Does that mean God wants me to be risky and throw wisdom by the wayside? Not at all. The word care that is used in Philippians 4:6 referred to worry and stress in old English. In other words, God doesn’t want anxiety to have a place in your life.
How can we release worry and anxiety when it shows up? Pray.
Notice that Paul outlined a sequence to this prayer. First, we approach God and ask Him for His help in the issues concerning our life; next, we seal our prayers in thanksgiving. Believers often miss that step, but they’re not alone. Even those who have not given their life to Jesus will pray in dire situations, but they don’t know how to seal the prayer with vocal thankfulness for what God has done, what God is doing, and our faith in what God is going to do.
Thanksgiving changes things. Thanksgiving stops our minds from spinning in worry and gets our spirits to agree with God’s Word.
Not sure what to thank God for? Begin with something small. Thank Him for waking you up this morning and putting breath in your lungs. Thank Him for food on your table and a roof over your head. Thank Him for the sacrifice of Jesus and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Then begin by faith to thank Him for what He is doing and His promises relating to your situation. Your thankfulness releases the enemy’s hold on your forward momentum.
Practical Application – Spend time thanking God today. Begin with little things and move on to the more significant things. Then, thank God by faith for what He is doing right now to accomplish what you have prayed about.
Matthew 7:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:18