“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Jesus knew that with obedience would come provision. That was why He put the kingdom of God first, and our legitimate needs second. It is important to recognize that Paul wrote Philippians 4:19 while imprisoned for his faith. His needs were supplied (he ate, slept, and had a roof over his head and a mission to accomplish). His wants (including his freedom!) didn’t happen according to his own desire or timetable. His wishes had to be submitted to God as well. He knew he could either live or die, and though he had a longing to join Christ, he chose to endure prison and suffering for the church (Philippians 1:22-26).
The attitude must be clear and forthright. Put God first. Then trust Him for the things that are necessary to get the work done. All of us have needs, wants, and wishes. It is right and proper to speak to God about everything, including the things that may or may not be granted. The issue is not the needs. The issue is the relationship with Him.
Father, there are so many things that I allow to come before You in my life. Forgive me for seeking after other gods such as gluttony, entertainment and my own personal comfort. May I continually submit my life to Your kingdom, knowing that You will supply all of my needs and fulfill all of my desires within Your wisdom and sufficiency. Help me to long for Your Presence over any other relationship or thing.
–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
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Give glory to God as the Lord of peace. Thank Jesus that he himself is our peace, breaking down the barriers and the dividing walls of hostility (Eph. 2:14). Confess any areas where you are not at peace with another believer or group of Christians. Commit yourself to making every effort to live in peace with all people (Heb. 12:14). Ask God to help you bear with others and forgive whatever grievance you have against them, forgiving them as the Lord forgave you (Col. 3:13).
Pray that the church may “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3), realizing that as members of one body we are called to peace.
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