Text: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” – Philippians 4:6.
Comment: The expression, “by prayer and supplication” as used by the erudite Apostle of Christ, (St. Paul) in Philippians 4:6, teaches us what we should do to overcome worries and anxieties: we should seek the help of God through prayer. Prayer is a solemn petition or request or giving of thanks to God. It is an act of worship that pre-supposes the insufficiency of the person saying it, and his dependence on God. Supplication is a term emphasizing personal, collective and earnest petitioning. St. Paul further stated: “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17,18.
Apostle James put it in this wise, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16) So, in all our life’s challenges, the best therapy is prayer.
For prayers and supplications to be answered by God, the believer must make sure that he practices the righteousness of God. (Isaiah 59:1, 2) The prayer must be based on faith. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” – James 1:6, 7.