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"Letting God Know Our Requests"

November 21, 2003

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In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

The heavenly storehouse is full of God's gifts and blessings. This overwhelming abundance would be ours if we would but storm the gates of heaven with our prayers.

All of us have our needs and wants. Our problems often seem like insurmountable obstacles on life's road; they are hindrances to our happiness. We may not be able to do anything about them, but God is almighty. He can move mountains. And He would do so if we but make our requests known to Him in prayer.

Solomon prayed for wisdom, and he received it. Hannah prayed for a child and became the mother of a great man of God, Samuel. Saint Paul's request for relief from his thorn in the flesh was denied. but instead he received strength to bear his burden. That was something even better for him than what he had desired. That is how God answers prayer. He is "able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine" (Ephesians 3:20). He has given us His Son to be our Savior. "Will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32). Indeed He will. In answer to prayer He will open the storehouse of His bounty.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, what a privilege it is that we can carry everything to You in prayer! Hear us for Jesus' sake. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Ezekiel 16-17    2 Timothy 2

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