2018-04-26 - Supplication
Philippians 4:6 (AMP) Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.
I suffered a disappointment today. It was not as major as a death in the family, but it was something I had put a lot of work into that didn't go through.
A friend pointed me to Philippians 4:4-8. I was drawn into verse six. First "in everything" caught my eye. The Amplified Bible expands it. What had happened to me was an event in my life. Something didn't go the way I had hoped and prayed it would go. God has other plans for me. The next word from the NASB was "supplication" or "petition" from the AMP Bible. From dictionary.com:
Supplication noun 1. an act or instance of supplicating; humble prayer, entreaty, or petition.
Humble prayer and thanksgiving. There is nothing here that says we can not be disappointed. But we are not to be anxious. Think about replacing humble with trusting. I will let my friends and family who are praying for me know what has happened, and thank them for their continued prayer support. And I will bow my heart before God and petition Him for my next steps forward.
It would be easy to let disappointment turn into anger or depression. That will accomplish nothing. This is where I have to trust that He has a plan and a timing that I don't see right now. But He has my (our) best interests at heart.
Lord. I praise You and give You thanks for all Your provision and protection. I trust Your direction away from this recent effort of mine. I trust and ask that You would direct my path and lead me to the destination You have for us. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.