THE REQUEST ROOM
Acts 20:35b – ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (NIV)
Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Can you imagine what the prayer request department in heaven would look like? Of course! Based on the level at which people want their hearts’ desires to be met, the requests room would most likely be busy. After all, Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to make our requests known to God. However, the Scriptures also admonish us to be thankful in every situation. This means that before and after our prayers become manifestations, or whether in good, bad, or challenging times, we are to praise the Lord always!
When we fail to give thanks to God, it’s ingratitude. It is like taking the glory of God for ourselves, which has its consequences. The story of the rich fool presents a clear picture of how we can become too full of ourselves and claim God’s glory. This man never acknowledged God but made merry after recording huge profits. He lost his life that same night as a consequence (Luke 12:13-21).
Beloved, as our Bible text reads, our thanksgiving must be greater than our requests because thanksgiving is the secret to having more blessings. When all else fades, try praising God; the gates to His presence will open up! Then, you can begin to make your requests known. This was David’s strategy for accessing the heart of the Father. He praises God above anything else. I pray for you that as you live a life of gratitude, you will experience multiple breakthroughs even before asking, in Jesus’ name. (Amen).
Hymn: Praise to the Lord! the Almighty, the King of creation! — Joachim Neander (1680)
1. Praise the Lord Almighty for your existence, your family, the nation, and the Church.
1. Praise God as the Holy Spirit leads. Thank God for the past, present, and future.
IT’S GOING TO BE A GLORIOUS DAY—GET READY!
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