THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 7: Parts of Prayer: Thanksgiving
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Beloved we will forever give thanks for the smooth places and the places that may seem rough. However there is a lesson a reason for all things that we see, feel and touch as we liveth. As we walk, talk and embrace the Spirit we will be able to see now and later the smooth and rough things in life. Silk and velvet maybe good but so are the rocks that serve as our pillow at night. The stars and moon is our divine ceiling created by God and not man.
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved Thanksgiving is a prayer expressing gratitude. Thus we give thanks to God and Christ for all things. This is surely an integral part of our prayers for a prayer without thanks is a prayer of the ungrateful. Join us now as we go to a powerful message found at Philippians. At the 4th Division is where we see Paul teaching about joy and giving. We suggest that you read and study this entire chapter. Our primary verse is verse 6 however we will also include the following verse 7.
Philippians 4: 6-7: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.”
As Paul begins the 6th verse he uses the phrase “be careful for nothing.” Here the word careful implies an anxious nature. Thus we are not to be so anxious about things as God is in control. We are not instructed to not give any concern toward things that require our attention in life. However we are not to let these things detract us from our mission in building the kingdom of God. Therefore as we trust in the Lord we take our concerns to Him in prayer. Thus as we pray with supplication and a humble posture we also give thanks unto the Lord.
Now look closely at verse 7. Here we find an additional message that will help us as move through this barren land and stay in prayer. Brethren just what is the “the peace of God,” noted here? God grants peace to those that are faithful to His divine laws. We often come proclaiming that man will not be the judge at the Last and Final Day. This is so true as we apply this verse. Therefore as we continue our sojourn we would like to find peace with man however peace with God is our first priority. The reality is that those that find peace with God move in opposition to many that walk and crawl the planet earth.
At Matthew the 6th Division Jesus teaches us about worry at verses 25-34. However our verse of interest here as a cross-reference to our primary verse at Philippians 4: 6 is verse 25.
Matthew 6: 25: “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
Beloved our prayer giving thanks without ceasing should be sufficient to carry us over the rough places as we continue our journey. Therefore worry is defeated and we wait not on tomorrow in distress as we liveth today in joy. Meanwhile those that come to serve the Lord and not the temporal pleasures and treasures of life are not so concerned about the world and its attitude toward materialism etc. So as we “take no thought,” we are not to be so overly concerned with life’s dilemmas as we look to the Lord for help especially through prayer. Jesus goes on to reveal that the body and the life within the body are surely more important than clothing or food for the body. Thus when we become spiritually healed we will be able to reap the benefits of God blessing us with the things we need.
Our last cross-reference is found at I Peter 5: 7, here find additional scripture that insures us that Jesus will take care of us and that we need not fret over tomorrow. Thus through prayer we can gain the victory.
I Peter 5: 7: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
Although we cast our cares upon God we are not to be foolish and be thoughtless about the certainties of life. Our interests are also the interests of God when we follow His divine laws. Thus we should not worry about the future. This is often a challenge as we move in the flesh. Therefore as we continue to look to the Truth of the Word we are re-enforced in Faith to endure to the end. For as we continue to pray to God the Creator we constantly realize that He has all power and holds the keys to life and death for the righteous and the unrighteous.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 8 July 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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