Ever had that connecting the dot experience? That moment when the light bulb goes off inside your head? Moments ago I had that experience while reading my Bible. Thus, it is the Holy Spirit who initially turned on the bulb, connected those dots, and prompted me to write about it.
1. Psalm 20:5 (NKJV)- "We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions."
2. Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)- "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."
3. Psalm 20:4 (NKJV)- "May He grant you according to your heart's desire and fulfill all your purpose."
All three verses speak of God granting requests. A petition (1) is a request made for something desired and it is addressed to an authority, power, or superior. That "authority, power, and superior," is God the Father. Banners (2) signify victory as does rejoicing (1). Rejoicing is the result of thanksgiving (2), gratitude, appreciation, and sweet victory.
My petition is made to God through prayer (2), which is simply talking to God. I believe that asking God for things, whether it is material or non-material, constitutes 1/3rd of my own prayer life (the other two are acknowledging Him and appreciating Him).
After we have made our requests known to God (3), we are to have an attitude and heart that is filled with thanksgiving (3), knowing that it is God who will grant us the victory (1). We are to rejoice (1) and lay aside any anxiety (2), confusion and doubts, in complete trust that God has/is/will grant(ed) the heart's petitions. After the request is sent to the Heavens, our job is to trust God, rejoice in His Name, and thank Him for the victory. The math is just that simple.
What a joy to able to talk to the One whose power knows no boundaries or limitations, yet He takes time to hear prayers. God's kindness to hear those petitions is one of the many ways He displays His grace through His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:7).
God's Word has that sort of epiphany effect on the hearts, minds, and words of those who diligently read it. That's the Holy Spirit at work, literally speaking through each word in the Great Book.
"We are supposed to doubt our doubts and believe our God." - Joyce Meyer