Where do you go when you’re hungry for happy? Some may turn to food (guilty!). Others may turn to some retail therapy or escaping into a movie or book, leaving the world behind. Actually, guilty on all accounts… 🙁
How about going to God? Asking Him for the happy you are desperate for?
Philippians 4:6 tells us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Did this verse just tell us that we could go to God for EVERYTHING by prayer? Last time I checked, EVERYTHING included happy, so we can pray about wanting to get our happy on… because He is telling us there is nothing we can’t pray for.
I think there is a key part of this verse we tend to overlook, though. Did you catch the “with thanksgiving” part? There are sooooo many times I go to God with a request and/or petition and skip this vital part. You, too? I just move right on to my laundry list of things I want or need or desire.
Here is what that might feel like to us…
“Mom, I want my dinner to be mac-n-cheese.” OR “I need some toothpaste and deodorant from the store next time you go.” OR “Here is a list of things I want for my birthday.”
Yuck. Sound familiar? Do you think this is how we treat God sometimes? We just begin to rattle off things we need… and they aren’t bad or wrong… but something is missing.
Let’s try this again…
“Mom, thanks for always having my favorite food at the house. It really makes me feel special. Would you consider fixing mac-n-cheese for me tonight?” OR “Honey, thanks for running a tight ship at home. It means a lot that you take care of us so well. Next time you’re at the store, would you mind grabbing me some toothpaste and deodorant?”
You get the picture, right? Asking for something with thanksgiving is so much nicer. I bet God agrees.
Yes, I am hungry for happy… and just thinking about “thanking” Him in my prayers puts a smile on my face. I have so much to be happy about and I’d love to tell God all of them.
Here are a few of my happys…
- The smell of babies
- Belly laughs
- Good, solid, love-me-no-matter-what friends
- Queso (hey, I’m from Texas!)
- Cool, crisp nights
- Purple tulips
What are some of your happys?
This week, why not follow the Biblical example of asking for things “with thanksgiving.” Let me know what happens…