Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
“Be careful for nothing.” That is, be not anxious about the things in this life. The word used in the Greek: Meriamno, does not mean that we are not to care about our worldly things, such as our property, or provide for our families, (1Timothy 5:8;) but that there is to be confidence in God or that the mind is to be free from anxiety over these things. Such a sense of dependence on God as to keep the mind and heart calm.
This form of the word is only used twice in the New Testament: here and in Luke 10:41 where Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, thou are careful (anxious) and troubled about many things.”
“But in every thing.” Everything in reference to the supply of your needs, and the needs of your family; everything in respect to afflictions, and trials: and everything relating to your spiritual life.
There is nothing pertaining to the body, mind, homes, friends, conflicts, trials, hopes, and fears which we cannot go and lay them all out before the Lord.
“By prayer and supplication.” The word supplication is a stronger term than prayer. It is the type of prayer which comes from the sense of need. In the Greek (Deomai) it means to beg or beseech.
“With thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving is connected with prayer. We can always find something for which to be thankful. No matter what our burden or need might be. When we pray for those needs or even wants, we need to be thankful for His kindness in the past. For example when we pray for healing from sickness, we ought to be thankful for the health we have enjoyed thus far, and for God’s merciful intervention in prior testing’s and trials. We ought also to be thankful for His goodness in keeping us alive.
When we pray for God to keep our children and friends from danger and death, we should remember how often God has kept them from harm.
When we feel condemnation from the devil for past sin, we ought to be thankful that God has cleansed us from all sin and unrighteousness.
“Let your request be made known unto God.” Not just to give him information, but to express your needs and wants to Him. God does not need to be told of our needs, but He requires that we come and express our needs to Him in prayer.
Ezekiel 36:37: “Thus saith the Lord God, I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel to do it for them.”