With Thanksgiving

Philippians 4 Vs 6-7

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
A peace that transcends all understanding is promised to us when we pray. We are commanded to present all our requests to God instead of being anxious or worrying about anything. 

But in the middle of this command to present our requests to God, Paul slips in these two little words:

“With Thanksgiving”

When my daughter’s ask for something, I am continually reminding them to say “Thank You”. It teaches gratitude, appreciation and not to have an attitude of selfish expectation. And my response when they thank me is to tell them what a pleasure it is for me to give to them.

In the same way when we pray to God for all of our needs and anxieties, we can do so with an attitude of thankfulness that He has heard us and that He desires to give good gifts His children. 

I like to think of the peace that Paul writes about as a soldier. This peace moves into the doorway of our mind and our heart and prevents any doubt and insecurities from getting in there. I can picture a soldier with all his battle gear and weapons standing there and guarding my heart and mind from anything that could harm me.

 A peace that transcends all understanding and guards my heart and my mind… 

What a powerful promise to be given to me when I pray with a thankful attitude.

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