HH Sir Godfrey Gregg
“ Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6).
No anxiety ought to be found in a believer. Great, many and varied may be our trials, our afflictions, our difficulties, and yet there should be no anxiety under any circumstances, because we have a Father in Heaven who is Almighty, who loves His children as He loves His only-begotten Son, and whose very joy and delight it is to succor and help them at all times and under all circumstances. We should attend to the Word, “In nothing be anxious, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
“In everything,” that is not merely when the house is on fire, not merely when the beloved wife and children are on the brink of the grave, but in the smallest matters of life, bring everything before God, the little things, the very little things, what the world calls trifling things–everything–living in holy communion with our Heavenly Father, arid with our precious Lord Jesus all day long. And when we awake at night, by a kind of spiritual instinct again turning to Him, and speaking to Him, bringing our various little matters before Him in the sleepless night, the difficulties in connection with the family, our trade, our profession. Whatever tries us in any way, speak to the Lord about it.
“By prayer and supplication,” taking the place of beggars, with earnestness, with perseverance, going on and waiting, waiting, waiting on God.
“With thanksgiving.” We should at all times lay a good foundation with thanksgiving. If everything else were wanting, this is always present, that He has saved us from hell. Then, that He has given us His Holy Word–His Son, His choicest gift–and the Holy Spirit. Therefore we have abundant reason for Thanksgiving. O let us aim at this!
- “And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
- And this is so great a blessing, so real a blessing,
- so precious a blessing,
that it must be known experimentally to be entered into, for it passeth understanding. O let us lay these things to heart, and the result will be if we habitually walk in this spirit, we shall far more abundantly glorify God than as yet we have done.
Twice or thrice a day, look to see if your heart is not disquieted about something; and if you find that it is, take care forthwith to restore it to calm.
Whatever we do let it not be for a show because that is not the reason for Thanksgiving. You do not have to receive anything to give thanks. In the very dead end, there is a reason to give thanks. When all have failed that is a reason to give thanks. Pray and wait with thanksgiving in your hearts unto God. The Hebrew boys did not make a show, but in their fiery moment Jesus showed up. Through every period of our life, we are to give thanks as Daniel did in the lion’s den. Oh, so often we do it in silence and the very simple form and God acknowledges the prayers of His saints. Brethren, when you pray, enter into thy closet and shut the door and pray giving thanks unto God your Father.
I can go on and on for Jesus left His disciples and went further to pray. He asked them to watch with Him for an hour, but they fell asleep while He was talking to His Father in prayer and giving thanks. Privately before the throne of God’s Grace. Alone with Him and there you will find your answer to prayer.