Praying With Thanks

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

When going to God with your request, there are two important things to remember.

The first thing I want you to think about is the fact that God absolutely loves to bless you with His best. You can be confident that you’re not bothering Him; He wants you to ask. You don’t have to beg Him to help you. He wants to!

Second, notice these two words in Philippians 4:6: with thanksgiving.  When bringing requests to God, it’s important to thank Him.

We all appreciate gratitude. So does God, but that’s not the only reason He tells us to do it. When you thank God, you prepare your heart for what He wants to give you. You come to Him in humility, reminding yourself how awesome and amazing He is. This gratitude also triggers another response: faith.

Faith says “thank you” before the solution appears.

If you’ve given your life to Jesus and you’re praying for something that is God’s will—healing, prosperity or favour for example—you can thank Him ahead of time because it’s a done deal. He has already promised those things to you. It’s like thanking a trusted friend for promising to take you out for dinner. You say “thanks” because you know they’ll come through.

You can trust God to come through. When you pray, say something like “Father, thank you for sending Jesus to take away my sickness and disease. I’m thanking you in advance that I am healed, healthy and whole!”