“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”(Philippians 4:6 )
Do Not Be Anxious:
This is not an option, but a command. When we unduly worry and fret, no matter how big the problem may seem to us, we attempt to intrude in an arena that belongs to Almighty God alone; we try to be the father of the household, rather than just enjoying our status of child.
In Every Situation:
Every part of our lives matters to God. There are not some areas of our lives that are of no concern to Him. We are also told in 1 Peter 5:7:“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
By Prayer and Petition:
These two aspects are similar, but there are distinct differences. Simplified, we could say that all our communication with God is prayer, whereas petition is a direct request, where we ask God for something.
Present Your Requests:
God knows our requests; He knows all the longings of our hearts before we pray them; yet He often waits for our participation through prayer before He moves to answer. He is a personal, loving, relational God, who delights in caring for His children, not some distant cosmic vending machine.
Often, of our prayers go unanswered merely because we don’t ask. God invites us simply to “present your requests.”
He wants to know; God wants you to talk to Him, commune with Him, tell Him, and ask Him.