13th JANUARY 2020“Do 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
The word of God is a mystery because God himself is a mystery. The word manifested as Jesus Christ in order to reveal the mysteries of God to us. Jesus told the people that He was not different from God as Himself and God are one. In the course of revealing the mysteries of God, Jesus did not only make commands and preached the principles of life, He lived and did the word of God on each step He took in His ministry until His final ascension into heaven. One of the greatest principles Jesus applied in His groundbreaking miracles was the principle of thanksgiving and praises to His father in heaven! Instances of these abound in the scriptures. Consider the following vivid examples:
In all the above examples, Jesus taught us that thanksgiving and praises to God should come first before we take a decision in life. The miracle that we seek lies deep in the heart and soul of God, and only thanksgiving and praises can adequately unlock the heart of God to move mountains on our behalf! Thanksgiving before the physical manifestation of what we desire is more rewarding and it moves God to go ahead of us to level all the hills and to fill all the valleys so we can have a smooth sail in anything we seek to do! Today’s scripture tells us to present our request to God with supplication and thanksgiving for He will see us through. Therefore, from this day, consider God first, when making a move to start your projects. Remember, thanking God in advance is putting God first at the foundation of your projects!
Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I thank you for the gift of life and the grace to partake of your heritage. I thank you for the beautiful gifts of life. Accept these in return as my offering to thee. I trust in the power of speedy manifestation of the things you have provided for me. Thank you, father. AMEN.
FURTHER READING: James 1:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Luke 17; 1 Peter 2:21)