Have you ever found yourself praying anxious prayers like, “Lord, please do it…”, “God, please help me now!”, or praying repetitive prayers, the same prayer every five minutes or so, thinking if you keep asking, He’ll answer?
We all get like this sometimes, but understand that those prayers are birthed out of anxiety and fear. You’re anxious for the situation to turn around and you fear that it might not, so you feel as though you have to beg God to do it. But God takes pleasure in you trusting Him.
You don’t have to beg God to do anything. He heard you the first time, and He knows “what you have need of before you even ask” (Matthew 6:8). After casting all your cares unto the Lord (1 Peter 5:7), just thank Him for hearing you and handling the situation. Jesus never begged the Father. He simply thanked God and trusted God to come through for Him. And, our Father did come through –always!
Jesus knew to thank God instead of begging, because He knew His Father’s heart. What good father you know ignores the cries and concerns of his children? God is a good father. See Him as such and not only as God.
Jesus gives us the blueprint of how to pray in Matthew 6 in what we have labeled as “The Lord’s Prayer.” He starts off thanking the Father, and then he makes His requests known. It’s amazing how the prayer starts off with “Our Father.” Jesus was emphasizing the truth, that God is our Father, and when you see Him as your Father, you know He has your best interests at heart.
When you thank your earthly father or parental guardian, it pleases them and causes them to do more for you. The same concept applies to your Heavenly Father. Thanksgiving also eases your mind and melts the stress away, because when you thank God, you take the focus off of your need and place it on Him. When your focus is placed on Him, you begin to experience His peace.
We get to this level of trust through intimacy with the Father and learning just how trustworthy He is. He won’t fail you! Rest in Him. Let Him carry the burden. You don’t have to. It’s too heavy for you to carry. It’ll lead to more problems. Trusting God will give you peace in the midst of your situation. That’s the peace that surpasses all understanding, because you won’t be waiting until the situation changes for you to attain peace. You’ll experience His peace while the situation is still turbulent. Trust Him with your anxieties, worries, fears, and requests today.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7