This Month's Promise

"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised."

- PSALM 113:3

Read: Philippians 4: 1-9


Be anxious for nothing, but ... with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4: 6)

The Bible exhorts us to give thanks in all circumstances. Someone said: “A thankful heart receives greater blessings from the Lord.” Paul while writing this epistle to the Philippians brings out an important outcome of thanksgiving in daily Christian living. In normal course, we thank the Lord while we receive answers to our prayers. But, Paul says that even while praying, better still before praying we should give thanks. In line with what Paul says, Tracy Shephard writes, “Several years ago, a girl at a hotel front desk ministered to me when she said that she always thanks God in advance for answered prayer. That was really profound. I decided to start trying it and see what would happen. I found that when I prayed for a healing for someone, or miracle, or deliverance, or whatever it may be, if I thanked God in advance for His answer, the answer was and is always amazingly awesome! So, Thank God when you pray, and thank Him that you can pray, because He gave you the faith to be able to pray and believe that He will answer your prayers.”

Dear friends, let us try giving thanks while we pray, and expect our Father to send His blessings down sooner. Say thanks and watch miracles flow in steady stream from heaven. Not only that, while we pray amidst thanksgiving at crucial and troubling circumstances, for instance, when someone is really sick and hospitalized, or some bill is to be paid immediately, our anxiety eases out and we feel that we will surely overcome the situation, and receive a deliverance. Just in case you are new to thanksgiving while praying, you can try the promises of God like that contained in Psalm 31: 19, “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.” If you pray citing such verses, then you will have a sweet assurance that the Lord will surely answer your prayer, because He has already stored up answers even before you started praying.

PRAYER: Lord, when I pray, let me give thanks in advance for You will answer my petition, grant me health, and deliver me from my afflictions. Let not anxiety rule my mind when I pray because Your Word says that You have already stored up answers to my prayers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.