6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
This last Sunday, I preached the second of three messages on giving thanks. The above verses are ones that I have read MANY times.
In fact, I’ve used verse 7 countless times in prayers that I have prayed for people. For example…
“God, we know that you respond to people’s needs, and we ask you, that in this case you would [input verse 7 in some form at this point in the prayer]. Amen!”
The only problem is that we miss verse 6 so many times!
Let me just focus on the second part of that verse. It says, “Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
You see, here’s the problem: So many times, we do the first part of that phrase.
We do a great job of telling God what we need.
The only problem is that we place a “.” (period) instead of a “,” (comma” at the end of that portion of the sentence.
God is big enough to handle all of our needs. Dump them all on Him!
But, he does ask us to do one more thing: Give thanks for what He has done.
The promise in verse 7 comes AFTER we thank Him for what He has done.
When we are reminded again of what God has done for me, it increases our faith in Him, restores our hope in Him, and builds our trust in Him. It reminds us that if God has done it in the past, He can also respond in the present and the future!
So, my suggestion is simple.
After you finish all of your requests, petitions, complaints, tirades, etc. with God, place a “,” (comma) at the end of it and do one thing:
For example, you can say, “Oh, by the way…thanks for _________________”.
Then see what happens.