HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“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 maybe 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 succour 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, or the husband/father is failing and seems like no hope in sight, 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 and Saviour Jesus Christ 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. I want to encourage you that even when you are waiting on God it is a good time to keep praying and to make known your supplications.
“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! Thanksgiving is not to make a show or to be heard like sounding brass or tinkling cymbal. It is not a show like a festival or a big party. Giving thanks can be and should be simple. Come rejoice with me for I have found the piece of silver that was lost.
“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. Hallelujah.
So let us continue in prayer and giving thanks for this is the day that the Lors has made and we will continue to rejoice in it lifting up holy hands unto the Lord for He is good and His mercies endure to all generations.