“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” — Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
I love to communicate my requests to God in prayer. I will even present the simplest requests such as, “Lord, I want to have that new book,” or, “Lord, I want to go shopping.” But for something I really want — usually concerns about my future — I not only pray, I also like to write it on a piece of paper. These are what I call my “Letters for God.” As God hears every word I say in prayer, I believe God sees every word I write.
Matthew 7:7 says: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” No matter what method we use in delivering a request, whether it be in words or in writing, if the request is according to God’s will, we can believe we will get it!
One thing we need to do when we are asking something from God is not to doubt. James 1:6 tells us: “When you ask, you must believe and not doubt.” Moreover, James tells us that those who doubt should not expect to receive anything because they are double-minded and unstable in all they do. (See James 1:6-8.)
These verses remind me of a story I want to share with you. Our family had rented a large house for some time. One day, the owner of the house told us that we could no longer rent the house because it needed to be renovated. That meant we had to move and search for another house to rent!
Because we have six family members, we wanted to rent a large-enough house. We were looking for houses around our neighborhood, but we found that the rent was too expensive. It seemed impossible to get a house that we wanted that would fit our budget. But we did not give up — we prayed, and we believed it was possible with God.
Then one day, my mother found a good and large house for rent. Unfortunately, the cost exceeded our budget. My mother tried to bargain the cost according to our budget. Initially the owner refused, but later she said, “Let me call my father and ask him.” Her father agreed to the lower rent! Finally, we moved to that good house. That was really a miracle to me and my family.
Let us never let our hearts be anxious. If we have a desire, we can communicate it to God! We do not need to hesitate, even if it seems impossible for us. We can just say to God: “Lord, I want this.” May we always present our requests with thanksgiving. If what we want is according to God’s will, God will grant it.
The RESILIENCE conference in 2021 was so uplifting and nourishing. It was wonderful to be with other Christians around the world at this retreat, who truly care about responding to trauma in a compassionate way by teaching spiritual practices to help with grounding and healing.”
Join us for the next RESILIENCE conference on September 29-30, 2023. Learn more at UpperRoom.org/resilience.