“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
There is a world-famous scenic railway over the beautiful snowcapped Alps. It stretches from Venice to Vienna; and it has an amazing history. For several years crews laid the track through the icy mountain passes, across the Alpine Mountains, which in itself was thought to be impossible. But stranger still, the track was laid before a train was built that could actually make the trip!
When we pray with praise and thanksgiving, as Paul instructs us to do in Philippians 4:6, we are “building a track.” At that point, it’s God’s job to “build the train!”
We are to be ever mindful of His benefits, not only for the things we want but also for the things we have. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” says Psalm 103:2. God never responds to ingratitude.
Father, I come to You filled with gratitude for Your promises! You have been gracious to me beyond measure, and I am so thankful for Your goodness to me! May I live a life filled with faith that never gives up, and an expectancy that You will build the train that runs upon the track of prayers that are offered to You with praise and thanksgiving!
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 39, The Secret of Single-Minded Prayer by Eddie Smith). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God, the one who is never far away from his children. Thank him for being close to you when you feel brokenhearted or crushed in spirit (Ps. 34:18). Confess your own unwillingness to have a God so near. Commit yourself to drawing near to God in daily prayer and fellowship (Jas. 4:8). Ask him to bless you by his presence throughout your life.
Intercede for the great worldwide mission effort of the church. Ask God to raise up more workers to enter the harvest around the world. Pray specifically for missionaries whom you know or support financially.
“God does nothing on earth save in answer to believing prayer.” —John Wesley
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