Prayer and Petition, with Thanksgiving


While the coming of winter gives me pause, I love everything about autumn.

Whether the high winds cascade the leaves to the ground, or the smoke from burning leaves sparks heavenward and and gives off an acrid scent, or the late afternoon sun illuminates pumpkins and mums as if lit from within, this season speaks to all five senses.  Who isn’t excited to indulge in a pumpkin spice latte? You can just to sit for a few minutes, warm your hands, sniff long and sip slowly.

Beautiful as the season is, pain, illness, and tragedy still happen. Just this weekend a co-ed at Frostburg State was killed by a fellow student. Yes, an argument can spiral out of control to the point of death for a 19-year-old. Someone is already in custody for the heinous act, so in another way, that co-ed’s life will suffer a different kind of death.

Philippians 4: 6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

When a beautiful day mirrors times of life’s ease, things to give thanks for flow from our prayers as easily as the Yough River here in Friendsville.

We read, “Do not be anxious about anything,” and the thought comes: I can do that. I don’t have to worry about anything.

The closeness of Jesus encircles us as well as the confidence that He intercedes for us.

But the verse also says, “…but in everything,” everything …

and just this last week my good friend Crystal has struggled with violent vertigo, complete with dehydration and a trip to the emergency room. A week later, she still experiences nausea when she gets out of bed and goes to the dining room table.

While she’s been too sick to do more than lie in bed, those who know and love her have prayed all of Phil 4:6 on her behalf.

Intercessory prayer forms is so pivotal for the body of Christ. Even while we don’t understand why Crystal’s had this most recent battle, we’ve been privileged to present prayers and petitions, with thanksgiving, on her behalf.

So get well soon, Crystal. The full context of that Philippians verse, which we hang onto for its truth. supports you as you get well.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Phil 4:4-7.

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