“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.” Philippians 4:6-7

Notice when this scripture tells us to thank God.

It’s as we present our requests to him.

Many if not most of us tend to thank God after our prayers are answered. We thank him for results, if we thank him at all.

But thanking God before we see things beginning to change is what praying in faith is all about.

It’s like standing with your back against the wall and saying, “I might not see the answers I’m praying for at this very moment but you are God and I will trust you.”

It’s knowing that as referenced in Hebrews 11: 1, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Living out this basic principal of thanking God first is key to finding freedom from anxiety and worry.

When we choose to live out prayer through a lens of thankfulness, we are no longer anxious about what might or might not happen. Why?  Because our focus and expectations are set on the one who never changes, rather than waiting to see proof of who God is. We’re choosing to walk by faith whether or not we see the answers to prayer,

Faith is never conditional. It’s not based on seeing results or feeling right about something or experiencing a particular experience. Faith is unconditionally based on standing firm in trusting God solely for who God is. When we incorporate that walk of faith into our lives and prayer lives, we live differently and we pray differently.

Thanking God before we actually see the answers to our prayer is part of that faith walk. And it’s a major part of praying in the spirit.

When you face some difficult times choose to walk in faith.

Instead of giving into worry, thankfully lay your concerns before him in prayer and trust him to guard your heart and mind with the peace that he alone can give.

What if you prayed in the spirit today?

What if you thanked God first?

What if you prayed?

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