Giving Thanks

"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Philippians 4:6

Anxiety weighs us down with the worries and concerns of this world. What can cause us to feel this way? Bills, wayward children, an undependable car, or a leaky sink? The Greek word for anxiety means, "to have an unhealthy heaviness or fretfulness." Paul the apostle is cautiously confronting the Philippi Christians to fully trust the Father, for He can hear their prayer and petition.

The cure for anxiety is prayer. 

Not just any kind of petition or request, but a call blended with thanksgiving. The Greek word for "thanksgiving" is "eucharistias" where we get the word Eucharist. It is a word associated in many traditional churches with Holy Communion. It comes from a well-known word "charizomai," (its root is "charis," "gift"), which is a verb that denotes gratitude from receive a gift.
To give thanks when you pray means you are grateful before you receive the answer, because you know that the source (God) will answer. 
This shows gratitude based upon the nature of the person you are making your request known. Where the character of God is known, there are no worries.

"God is good all the time—all the time God is good."


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