Dear Amazing One,
Trust you had yourself a restful weekend, and you are re-energized for the new working week.
Today’s meditation is courtesy of one of our community members. Please come along.
Recently, I was reading Philippians 4:6-7, and verse 6 struck differently. I think because I was praying about something and I was getting impatient. The verse says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
I suddenly realized I only do one of those, perhaps it’s just me? For some reason, 99% of the time, my thanksgiving only comes after I have received what I prayed for. I further understood from this scripture that prayer is confessing with your mouth, praying in the spirit, or speaking to God about a situation. Petition ( I also barely do this) is more of documenting your requests. I realized I only do this at an annual convention like Shiloh (the annual gathering of the Winners’ family worldwide), or when a call is made for prayer requests in church. It’s not something that I do every day along with my prayers. As for thanksgiving, I would usually wait until I receive my answers because I don’t want to be disappointed by rejoicing too early. And this is not the “Thank you Jesus” that comes after every prayer. It’s more than the words, it’s supposed to be a heartfelt “Thank you, Jesus.”
After reading this scripture, I decided to do all three. Although I didn’t get the answer immediately, I felt sorted. I came to the realization that no matter when and how the answer comes, everything will fit perfectly. I felt the peace of God that is described in Verse 7. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
In conclusion, prayer, petition with thanksgiving produce peace. I encourage you to explore this mystery, and you are guaranteed a peaceful week.
God bless you,