“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
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.
While mind readers have to play tricks to know people’s thoughts, 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 quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is what happened when Hannah cried out for a child and God heard her (1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as 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 for 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 word, assured that you will meet each and every one of them, according to your glorious riches in heaven!