July 4, 2017: God-Dependent – Through the Platform of Prayer

Philippians 4:5b-7 & 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Dan Andrew Cura, President, Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC)

PHILIPPINES_Dan_Cura_160x192Principle: All of us must go in fervent communication with God. Fervent prayer is showing utter dependence on His power and might. Depending on Him means not to push what we want but to see what God wants for us.

A great manifestation of dependence on God is prayer—being God-dependent on a platform of prayer. So let’s take a closer look at it.

Prayer is a great leveler. We are all on an equal footing in prayer no matter what our lot in life is. When we pray all our woes and worship are heard and answered by the Almighty God. In contrast, we may be terribly disappointed when we make our petitions or requests to human authority who cannot address everything.

Philippians 4:5b-7 states, “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.” And in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 we are told to pray without ceasing. In essence, we have absolutely nothing to worry about, should absolutely tell God everything, and absolutely tell Him all the time.

In all our prayers, whatever the requests may be, the answer is His peace. He answers with peace that comes from Jesus Christ that will guard our hearts and minds, because our hearts and minds are always deceived.

I hope that we would find ourselves on our knees in prayer, seeking the mind and heart of God, and lifting praise and honor to Him in silent meditation or in audible pronouncements of our inmost being. May we honor God in every opportunity that would present itself to show utter dependence on His might and His gentle counsel.

And when we come to the Lord in prayer, it’s not just for us to ask of something. It is for us to listen to what He is saying. Not to push what we want but to see what God is providing for the needs of our hearts and minds.

In prayer, only God gets the glory and the praise. He is the centerpiece, and there is no other platform where He gets that but in prayer and worship. That’s where we want to meet Him. And I do hope that we can see each other at the foot of the cross in prayer.