Thank Your Way To Peace
6Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God
You would probably have read this verse before, but would you like to know
how to apply it in your everyday life? Let me give you an illustration to
Let’s say that you are one of those in your company eligible for a promotion
and you will know tomorrow whether you get it. You want the promotion badly
because it means more income for your family. So you lie in bed at night tossing
and turning. You pray, “Father, please take away all my worries about this promotion.
Give me faith.” One hour later, you are more anxious than ever. It seems like
God is not answering your prayer!
How come? Because you are not doing it God’s way.
Pray like this instead: “Father, I cast all my worries about the promotion into
Your loving hands because You care for me and love me.” The Bible tells us to
cast all our cares upon the Lord for He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7) Then, say, “Father,
I would like to have the promotion.” It is okay to ask Him for that. Now,
here comes the most powerful part — thanksgiving. Finish off with thanksgiving.
Thank God for His faithfulness.
Say something like, “Father, whether I get the promotion or not, I thank You
that You will always provide for my family with more than enough. You who feed
the birds of the air and clothe the lilies of the field will take care of us. So I am
not going to worry about this promotion. You are the source of all my blessings.”
(Matthew 6:30, Philippians 4:19)
When you pray like this, all of a sudden, you are no longer held hostage by the
promotion. I call this the “thank You” therapy. The more you know God’s Word,
the more you can thank Him. The more you thank Him, the more His peace
reigns in your heart. And many a time, before you know it, it is morning! You don’t
even remember falling asleep. The peace of God reigns like that.
My friend, whatever your concern is, bring it to your Father in prayer and
thank your way to peace!