“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” - Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
Every life has needs. Our needs may vary from physical to emotional needs. There are needs which are basic: food, water and shelter. Some needs may be higher, as the philosopher Abraham Maslow observed, looking out for personal fulfillment. One of the reason why every life has to wake up and work is to help earn the means to take care of our daily needs.
Here, in today’s verse, the Apostle Paul gave a word of hope to a church that had just ministered to him through their gifts. If they had concern that where they had spared some of their resources to support his work, they need not worry, because God would bless them even more.
Paul is also aware that our lives can be restless, perhaps pressed with worry, whenever we are concerned that our needs are not being met. He reminds these believers that the God they believe in, is the one who has said, “for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it” (Psalm 50: 10- 12).
The point here is that when we wake up and do wonder how our needs will be met let us be reminded that the God we believe in is the owner of this earth. As Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it...”
Today, if there are needs pressing on your heart, do not therefore look elsewhere, do not suffer yourself with needless worry; rather come to the one who owns all the resources there are to meet your needs.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, today I come to you in confidence, bringing to you all my needs, assured by your word that you will and have met them because the world and the fullness of it are all yours!
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!