[Thankfulness matters in our lives and in our
relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Are you thankful? Do
you realize that our Lord Jesus Christ was thankful when He lived here
on earth? We have many
examples of our Lord’s thankfulness in the Bible.]
Jesus Gave Thanks - He was thankful for:
Listening Ear (John 11.41-42; 1 Thess 5.18; 1 John 5.14-15; Philip
4.6) [- Then
they took away the stone from
the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up
his eyes, and said,
I thank thee
that thou hast heard me. 42
And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of
the people which stand by I said
it, that they may
believe that thou hast sent me. - When Jesus prayed, God listened
and Jesus knew that His Father was listening.
Our Lord expressed His thankfulness that He knew His father was
listening to Him. Our Lord
did not need to express this thankfulness out loud but He did.
Why? To remind you
and I that our Heavenly Father is listening to us and hears us and we
too ought to be thankful for this incredible fact.]
[The fact that our Heavenly Father is listening to
us ought to cause us to be even more thankful and confident.
This confidence ought to pray more and with purpose.
The Bible says,]
5:18 In every thing give
thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.]
[Hence we ought to be in prayer continuously,
thanking God for everything that comes into our lives.
If you have confidence that God is listening to you, just as He
was listening to our Lord Jesus Christ then you ought to be talking to
your Heavenly Father all the time.
And this is the
confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask
any thing according to his will,
he heareth us:
that he hear us, whatsoever we ask,
that we have the petitions that we desired of him.]
we ask something of our Heavenly Father that we know is in His will then
we can be absolutely confident that He will hear us.
The word Confidence hear denotes complete freedom of speech.
Anything can and should be said.
After all we are talking to our omniscient Lord who knows our
every thought and secret.
Nothing can be hidden or masked from Him.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in
every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known unto God.]
[From this simple verse we discover,]
Composition of our Prayers (Philip 4.6) [-
Be Careful for nothing, but in
everything . . .]
μεριμνᾶτε (Gk) - Pres, Act, Imper
(3308), anxious care. To care, be anxious, troubled, to take thought,
used in an absolute sense (Matt. 6:27, 31; Luke 12:25; Phil. 4:6),
followed by the dat. (Matt. 6:25; Luke 12:22); by “unto tomorrow” (a.t.
[Matt. 6:34]); by
(4012), concerning, with a gen. (Matt. 6:28; Luke 12:26), with the acc.
(Luke 10:41); by
(5228), regarding, with the gen. (1 Cor. 12:25); by
(4459), how (Matt. 10:19; Luke 12:11). By implication it means to care
for or take care of (Matt. 6:34; 1 Cor. 7:32–34; Phil. 2:20).]
[There is absolutely nothing that you cannot
pray for or about.
Everything is already laid open to our God, so you would be wise to ask
Him about it. What is on
your mind? Ask God about
it. What are you worried
about? Talk to God about
it. Be careful for nothing.
Content of our prayers (Philip 4.6) [- . . .
by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving . . . – We notice in this simple prayer three different
elements that might be incorporated in to our prayers.]
- Something given toward God.
Simply talking to God.]
[Supplication - An earnest request.]
– recognizing what God has done for you with gratitude.]
[A couple of other elements that we find in
Scripture that might be added to our prayers include,]
[Intercession – This is praying for the needs of other.]
– This is recognizing God for who He is.
Praying about God’s characteristics like His holiness,
righteousness, purity, justice, mercy, omniscience, ect . . . ]
Context of our prayers (Philip 4.6; James 4.2) –
[. . . let your requests be made
known unto God. . . - Concerning
your requests, make them known.]
γνωριζέσθω (Gk) -
1 to make known.
1a to become known, be recognised.
2 to know, to gain knowledge of, have thorough knowledge of.
2a in earlier Greek it means “to gain a knowledge of” or “have
thorough knowledge of”.
[One must fully release their concern or
request to God in His providence.
Turn it over to your Heavenly Father.
But making your request known also reminds us that we must ask.
For James wrote,]
. . . yet ye have not, because
ye ask not. ]
[Hence, you must ask and you must release your
interest or your control over your request when you pray.]
Culmination of our prayers (Philip 4.7) [-
And the peace of God, which
passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through
Christ Jesus. – When we learn to turn all of our concerns and fears
over to our Heavenly Father, being fully confident that He hears us when
we pray then a supernatural peace will calm and assure us in our most
Lavished Hand (Matt 15.34-37) [- On this occasion we find that
over four thousand men, beside women and children, were gathered to hear
our Lord and our Lord ask the disciples to feed this crowd.
The disciples were beside themselves.
All they had were seven loaves and a few small fishes.
The passage records,]
34 And Jesus saith unto them,
How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
35 And he commanded the
multitude to sit down on the ground. 36
And he took the seven loaves and the fishes,
and gave thanks,
and brake them, and
gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
37 And they did all eat, and
were filled: and they took up of the broken
meat that was left
seven baskets full.]
were those few loaves and fishes enough but the passage records that
leftovers were taken up.
Our Lord’s thankful prayer teaches us of the power of,]
Ascending Gratitude (vs 35 ; Psalm 37.16; Matt 6.33) [-
. . . and gave thanks . . . -
There was a little provided by God; five loaves and two small fishes.]
16 A little that a righteous man
hath is better than the
riches of many wicked. ]
God is able to take a seemingly small provision and turn it into plenty
and abundance. But we must
seek and trust our Heavenly Fathers benevolent hand to provide for us in
His time. The Bible says,]
[Matthew 6:33 But seek ye
first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things
shall be added unto you.]
[Our Lord looked up to Heaven, relied upon His
Heavenly Father, and trusted God to do the rest.
Jesus was teaching us a lesson about gratitude and God’s
provision. No matter how
small your provision seems to be God knows how to make it more than
Appropriate Grace (vs 37; Matt 7.11) [- . . .
And they did all eat, and were
filled: . . . – After our Lord gave thanks the disciples took and
distributed the food to that massive crowd and God met the need.
I am reminded of our Lord’s words when he said,]
[Matthew 7:11 If ye then,
being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much
more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that
[When you come to God in prayer you must know
that your Heavenly Father knows what your need is, and He already knows
what He plans to do about your need.
God provided this need.
We don’t know how God provided, but we know that He provided.]
[There is a great debate among theologians
today about how this all happened.
Some claim that as the
baskets were passed that some people took and some people added to the
baskets. Others, like
myself believe that God miraculously added to the baskets and multiplied
the food. This miracle
would be a far lesser miracle than raising a man dead four days from a
grave, or causing one born blind to see.
Our God is able to do whatever He wants to do.]
[The primary point here is not in the “how” it
is in the “fact” of God’s provision.
God provided at the right time and in the right way.
God gives you appropriate grace for your appropriate need.
As our Heavenly Father He is in the unique position of knowing
what we, as His children, need and when.]
Abounding Growth (vs 17; Luke 6.38; 2 Cor 9.6-11) [- . . .
and they took up of the broken
meat that was left
seven baskets full. – On this occasion the disciples found all that
they could and gave all that they had and then God made up everything
else that was needed. This
reminds us of when our Lord said,]
6:38 Give, and it shall
be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and
running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure
that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. ]
Cor. 9:6-11 But this
I say, He which soweth
sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully
shall reap also bountifully.
man according as he purposeth in his heart,
so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
God is able to make all
grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all
things, may abound to
every good work:
it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his
righteousness remaineth for ever.
he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for
your food, and multiply
your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us
thanksgiving to God. ]
[I tell people often when they are in need,
don’t fret, but don’t be a fool either.
First pray, thanking God for His provision and promises.
Make your request and supplications to your Heavenly Father.
Then do everything that you can do without sinning, and when you
have done all that your can do, rest in God’s graceful provision.]
[The disciples gave everything they had and God
provided more than what they needed.]
Loving Heart (Luke 22.17-20)
17 And he took the cup,
and gave thanks,
and said, Take this, and divide
it among yourselves:
18 For I say unto you, I
will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall
come. 19 And he took bread,
and gave thanks,
and brake it, and gave
unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in
remembrance of me. 20
the cup after supper, saying, This cup
is the new testament in
my blood, which is shed for you. ]
[Our Lord Jesus Christ gave thanks for what this
cup and bread represented.
For Jesus it represented His soon coming suffering and death.
But for His disciples and every other human being it meant their
forgiveness, redemption, and pardon.
This Lord’s table represented the unconditional love of God.]
Body (vs 19; 1 Cor 11.24) [- The bread represents Jesus
broken body, which was given for you.]
Cor. 11:24 And when he
had given thanks, he brake it,
and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do
in remembrance of me.]
[This bread represented that the price required
for our sins had been paid in full.
Someone had to die for our sins, Jesus paid the penalty for us.]
Blood (vs 20; 1 Pet 1.18-19; 1 John 1.7) [- That cup
represented the shed bloos of our Lord Jesus Christ that washes our sins
away. The Bible says,]
Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch
as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,
as silver and gold,
from your vain conversation
received by tradition from your fathers;
with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and
7 But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.]
[It is the blood of our Lord
Jesus Christ and cleanses us of all our sin and fits us to stand in the
presence of our Heavenly Father.]
Benefit (Rom 5.8; John 3.16) [- What is the benefit of our
Lord’s broken body and shed blood?
They provide salvation for all who will recognize what Jesus did
for them and will choose to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their
personal Lord and Savior.]
[Romans 5:8 But God
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.]
3:16 For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ]
[We see our
Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks for,]
[The Impossible – The
resurrection of the dead.]
[The Improbable – The
provision for a massive crowd]
[The Intolerable – His
coming suffering and death.]
[Therefore we learn from our Lord that we are to
give thanks for all things and at the same time we must trust our
Heavenly Father in His protection, provision, and providence.
So, not matter what our circumstances might be, we must give God
thanks in all things.
CrossRoads Baptist, Evening, November 22, 2009