“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
These three verses keep coming up. Last week, on Wednesday morning, I put a little photo from She Reads Truth with a reminder of this scripture on my phone and computer. It’s a beautiful reminder, and this was the third time this scripture had popped up over the past two weeks. So, I decided to work on committing it to memory. I knew the idea, not the address. And, felt I needed to remind myself.
Thursday evening, while visiting with a girlfriend, the scripture came up again! Praise God! He is so cool to use common threads to tie His daughters together.
Today, it’s back, in my daily devotional. I want to understand this verse! So what exactly is supplication? The definition I found was the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly. It comes from Latin supplicationem, from supplicare “plead humbly”. The Greek word here means a petition: prayer, request, supplication. I love the latin roots of the humility piece, I believe this is a key component.
When we come before God with something that we are worrying about, there is a humility as the worry is placed before His throne. Sometimes, it’s a challenge to leave it there. We place it before Jesus, and then go and pick the thing back up! Like a treasured possession, I hold on to worry. It’s like being able to be in control of the circumstance. If I can worry about it, it’s mine. But if I place it at the throne, there is some humility and surrender involved and I allow God to have it. Then, I experience His peace in trust.
“In prayer” (verse 6), comes from a Greek word meaning ‘to pray to God, that is supplicate, worship’. Prayer is a form of worship! In speaking to our Creator, we are worshiping Him. I told someone once that I wanted them to help me learn how to pray. And the truth is, we pray each and every time we worship. Sometimes, I think we put human parameters on what worship looks like. But in reality, I believe we can worship in anything we do! To pray is to worship! I’ve spent so much time wanting to know how to pray better, but in reality I simply need to worship God! Worship God and speak to Him with the voice He gave me. And, this worship is as diverse as His creations are. But we are to worship and pray with thanksgiving.
A sister-friend of mine shared with me something she was being shown about walking in the blessing. Living in the blessing, instead of always asking for it when we already have it! For example, at dinner time we pray to “bless the food”. Well, the food is already blessed; it’s already a blessing to have it in front of us, when so many are without. All we have to do is receive it! It’s easy when it’s food on a plate and we’re hungry. But sometimes, I wonder if God sets blessings before us and we simply don’t see or receive it as a blessing. Perhaps we don’t “feel” worthy. That is a lie from The Accuser. We are worthy, because God loves us. We are worthy because God created us. We are worthy, because as long as we have breath in our lungs there is a purpose beyond what we can see, that we are created for. We are worthy, because God creates worth. The blessings are there, we have to open up and receive them. As Believers in God, we are His blessed children. Walk in the blessing that He has already provided a way, it is finished. Done deal!
We are to pray (worship) and make supplication (humbly ask, beg) for our requests from God, with thanksgiving. It’s hope. It’s being thankful; with gratitude, and that thankfulness is also an act of Worship. Worshiping the One who gives a peace that passes all understanding. Being thankful.
Sometimes when I’m feeling one of those moods, I go down the drain in a fast spiral. And I’m miserable to be around. Honest. Just ask Gabe or my kids, they go outside and leave me alone. One of the quickest ways to get myself out of the muck is to praise God, go outside, or get out piece of paper and start with the sentence “I’m so grateful…” or “Thank you, LORD….” . And I use the capital LORD version because that reminds me He is a covenant God. He has made promises that I can claim and hold on to with hope and joy.
I want to worship God in everything. Worship Him by playing with my children, His children. Worship Him in loving my husband. Worship Him with singing and dance! Worship Him in talking to Him! Worship Him when I fold laundry, wash dishes and enjoy the sunshine or rain. Worship Him in his creation when I’m pulling weeds or mulching flower beds or cleaning up chicken poo (I get really worked up with chicken poo sometimes, this will be a challenge). Maybe it will bring a new dimension to my connection with Him! I’m guessing it will, and that makes my heart smile.