Wednesday, November 2, 2016


By Robert E. Hanna

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:6-7

"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be  content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to  abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to  be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me"  (Philippians 4:nb-13). With these words our apostle reveals  much in regard to how we are to pray in this age of grace.

If, as so many believe, prayer is a means of obtaining  whatever the petitioner desires, then why does Paul make the  above statement? Why did he not simply ask and receive  whatever comforts and abundance he may have wished? And  why, after explaining his willingness to be deprived, does he  assure us that "My God shall supply all your need according to  His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (verse 19)?

Paul is affirming his faith in the Lord, Who enables and  provides according to His will and purpose. He is teaching  reliance upon God for strength to endure and withstand and  perform; and he tells us that God shall supply all our need-  not all our self-determined and whimsical favors.

In his second epistle to Timothy, Paul wrote, "Trophimus  have I left at Miletum sick" (II Timothy 4:2ob). Why didn't  he just pray healing upon Trophimus instead of leaving him  incapacitated at Miletum? We must follow Paul in prayer, so  that "The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall  keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

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