No Request

Posted on Nov 06 , 2014 in Faith & Grace

No Request

© By Brad L Hodges

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. —Philippians 4:6

What if you had enough faith that you never made another request from God, that you fully accepted that He knows what is best for you and will guide your life accordingly? Wouldn’t that just leave you time to thank and worship Him?

Of course the Bible tells us to make requests “by prayer and petition,” but think about this from the perspective that you don’t really need to because He already knows. If you are truly abiding in Him you are making those requests simply by your intimate, perpetual relationship with Him which acknowledges that God sees the infinite beginning and infinite end to everything. Every situation is in tune with God’s master plan for your life if you trust in His omnipotence and omniscience.

I’m not saying to not pray, but prayer should be a constant communication with God rather than a request express where you are constantly asking God for the things He is already aware you need.

How often do you thank God rather than ask God?

For me, I have learned to make sincerely thanking the God of the universe for His blessings in my life a priority rather than a cursory token designed to strike some human internal score card with balance, but which does little but weakly justify in one’s mind making so many requests.

When I make thanking a priority it communicates with God that I trust His decisions and guidance for my life implicitly and acknowledge this by the act of thanking, not requesting. I am showing Him I am replacing anxious with thanksgiving because of trust and faith in His awesome power and boundless love for me.

So many people bombard God with requests rather than thanks that it begins to lose the meaning of faith and trust in Him. Regarding this Jesus made this statement;

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. —Matthew 6:8

Try a personal experiment and cease asking and focus on thanking, worshipping and abiding which translates to acknowledging, honoring and trusting God’s plan for your life.

The change in your attitude will change your view of who God is; a loving father who knows your needs and what is best for your well-being and as a result will bless you abundantly.

Psalm 37:4 (ESV)
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

529384: The Everyday Life Bible: The Power of God The Everyday Life Bible: The Power of God's Word for Everyday Living
By Joyce Meyer / FaithWords

Reading this Bible will be like having Joyce Meyer sitting next to you, teaching you chapter-by-chapter and precept-by-precept! Special features include:

  • Life Points, drawing a straight line from Scripture to your personal experience
  • Everyday Life articles, featuring Meyer's insightful commentary on specific passages
  • Putting the Word to Work, offering some of Joyce's questions to encourage introspection, then action
  • Book introductions, including brief facts, at the beginning of each book of the Bible
  • Amplified Bible text
  • Presentation page
  • 9-point text size
  • 9.25" x 6.50" x 1.50"