To whom do you present your needs?

All around us doesn’t matter what country, city, or suburb you live in, various needs are visible. Lack and joblessness are raising their voices higher in this pandemic, leaving households, employers and governments paralyzed. Its true:

People have needs!

One of the places where it is most visible is at schools. Schools are in the position to have a glimpse or deeper look into households and to gain a certain knowledge that needs to be addressed.

Schools have access to different role players:

  • Social structures
  • Educational structures
  • Health structures
  • Governmental structures

Though there are many other places to discern the needs of people, it all begins with the needs of the household, the building blocks of a community, city, or country.

“If people and creation is God’s idea, He will certainly provide and care for it.”

Yet, God needs representatives to present the needs of themselves or others to heaven for He is more than willing to fulfill his promises which are Yes and Amen.

With our prayers and petitions, we give God a legal right to come on board and do exceedingly more than what we ask for.

Prayer gives God a legal right to act.

The Prayer of Petition

”Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Phillipians 4 :6

Prayer and Petition

When I finished my Phillipians 3 Bullet Journal Bible Study, I was lead into a 3 day fast and I engaged in reading Philippians 4.

While I was reading the above scripture, the Holy Spirit popped a question to my mind:

Where do you make your requests?

I stopped and pondered on the idea. Then the Holy Spirit reminded me of the different types of courtyards where the Israelites came to worship and bring their requests before God. This was a time when God recognized His people’s needs and instructed Moses to build a temple,Β  a place for the people to come before God.

 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people

1 Timothy 2:1

What is a petition?

πŸ‘‰A petition is one of the four kinds of prayer

πŸ‘‰it is a written statement

πŸ‘‰a legal document

πŸ‘‰it is based on the word of God

Steps to writing a petition

When the Holy Spirit invited me to bring my requests before God, I had to take note of the answers to the first 3 questions:

  • What is the purpose of a petition?
  • Why does my petition needs to be fulfilled?
  • Which promises of God can I include?

Requirements to write a petition

  • One who makes a petition has to stand on legal ground.
  • ( covenant with God through the blood of Christ)
  • True repentance
  • Write a petition for a specific case, person, or situation.
  • Pouring out of your soul
  • Include the promises of God that connect to the specific case it request.
  • Sign and date it
  • Get a witness to sign also(Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.- Matthew 18:19)

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place? 

The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
 who does not trust in an idol
 or swear by a false god.”

Psalm 24:3-4

Biblical examples of petitions

The petition of Hannah, one of Elkanah’s wives

” Then Eli answered and said, β€œGo in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”

1 Samuel 1:17

The petition of Esther on behalve of her people

”What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request?”

Esther 5:3

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrew 4:16

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