The Tabernacle Scroll
"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ" (Philippians 4:6-7, emphasis mine).
Supplication and thanksgiving go together. Supplication simply means making a prayer request. We regularly bring our prayer requests to the Lord, asking Him to meet our cares. Paul says here that prayer must be preceded by thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a principle that prepares us to exercise great faith. When we thank God for His great deeds of the past, we prepare our spirits to believe that, if He has done something like that in the past, He can do something like that in the present. Thanksgiving strengthens faith and prepares us for the miracles of God.
All of Paul's prayers on behalf of believers began with thanks. (See Rom. 1:8; Ephesians. 1:15; Philippians 1:3; Colossians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:2). Paul always thanked God first before he interceded for the people whom he was writing to.
There is no doubt that Jesus' faith was directly related to his thanksgiving. In John 6 we have the miraculous feeding of the five thousand. Notice Jesus did not pray before the miracle. He simply gave thanks to the Father. His thanksgiving led to an immediate miracle that provided food enough to feed the multitude.
At the tomb of Lazarus (John 11) Jesus commanded that they roll the stone away. Then he lifted up his eyes and said "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me" (i.e., "you have already heard me"). This was his expression of faith in His Father's power, and his subsequent command "Lazarus, come forth!" triggered off one of the greatest miracles. Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days!
In Luke 17 we come across the story of the ten lepers who came to Jesus for healing. All were healed, but only one of them returned to give thanks "and with a loud voice glorified God". Jesus said to him "Arise, go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole". This is an interesting incident, because although all ten were healed physically, something extra happened to this one leper. When Jesus said he was made whole he used the Greek word "sozo" which is an all-inclusive word for 'salvation'. It involves the salvation of the spirit, soul and body (the whole person). In effect, Jesus was telling him that he was also brought into a right relationship with God (i.e., peace with God) by giving thanks for his healing. He had received more than just physical healing!
Whether you have already received your healing or are looking for healing, THANK GOD CONTINUALLY. Praise and thanksgiving are vital keys to peace.
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