THE REQUEST ROOM
Acts 20:35b – ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (NIV)
Can you imagine what the petition room in heaven would look like? Of course! Based on the level at which we desire that things get done, it would most likely be busy. After all, Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to make our requests known to God (Matthew 7:7-10). Nevertheless, the Scriptures also admonishes us to be thankful in every situation (1 Thessalonians 5:18). In other words, before and after supplications become manifestations, or whether in the good, bad or challenging times, we are to praise the Lord always! (Psalms 103:1-2)
When we fail to give thanks, it’s ingratitude—which is like a fellow who ascribes God’s glory to himself. The story of the rich fool presents a clear picture of a man who became too full of himself. This man never acknowledged God but made merry so that his soul was snatched that night (Luke 12:13-21). Why? Because when we refuse to return honour to God, there are consequences!
Beloved, the crux of the matter as seen in our Bible reading is that our thanksgiving must be more than our requests because ‘thanksgiving is the secret for more’. When all fades, try praises (and prayers); the gates shall open! Remember, David was a praise singer (1 Chronicles 29:10-20); likewise did Paul and Silas (Acts 16:16-40), and they all have their parts on the good side of history. I pray! As you live a life of gratitude, you shall experience multiple breakthroughs, in Jesus’ name (Amen).
Hymn: Praise to the Lord! the Almighty, the King of creation! — Joachim Neander (1680)
1. Praise ye the Lord!
(THE MIDNIGHT PRAYER)
1. Praise God as led, for the past, present and future.
2. Thank the Lord for your existence, family, peace in the nation and the Church.
3. Sing praises to God for preparing a table before you in the presence of the enemy.
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