– Philippians 4:6
Pray About Everything
The Apostle Paul gives us a great reminder when we are in need and when we pray that we should “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil 4:6). Did Paul really say pray about everything? Yes, pray about everything in order to make your requests known to God, and although He already knows our every need, we’re still commanded to pray to Him for everything in life.
Pray with Thanksgiving
In Philippians 4:6 Paul says we should be praying but be praying as we give thanks to God. This means we should be praying for all things that come into our life, whether good or bad, because we can trust God that all things will work out for our ultimate best (Gen 50:20; Rom 8:28).
Pray for God’s Will
In the so-called Lord’s Prayer, Jesus emphasizes a very important point that we should pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is already being done in heaven (Matt 6:10). We don’t have the wisdom to know what His will always is but we can have enough wisdom to pray for His will in our life over our own will. God has seen the future and knows what’s best for us, so pray for God’s perfect will to be done in our lives and that we won’t interfere with it.
Pray for God’s Glory
You and I have been purchased by God, bought with the highest price there is, and that is the very precious blood of the Lamb of God, so Paul exhorts us to remember that “you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1st Cor 6:20). We must realize that our body is no longer our own. We belong to God since “You are not your own” (1st Cor 6:19c).
We have no reason to be anxious because we can fall to our knees and pray to God about everything; we can pray to God while giving thanks; we can pray to God asking for His will to be done and not ours; and we can pray for God to be glorified in the lives that we live. That is our duty. He will settle for nothing less than our very best.