Day 301 – Present Your Present to God

…Present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6c, NIV). The word spelled “present” has many different meanings and at least two different pronunciations. You may “present the award,” and “present the case for the unborn,” or you may “give your child a birthday present.” To “present” something to someone means that you are “giving something or introducing something” to someone else.

However, when you give your child her birthday present, you are talking about the gift itself. I would like to think God means for us to do both, based on Paul’s letter to the Philippian believers. When you present (or show) your need to God, you are calling His attention to the fact that you know you need His intervention in your situation. When you present (or give) something to God, you are choosing to leave something in His hands. It may seem strange, but every time you “cast your cares upon Him” and leave the “present” of your burdens at His feet, you have blessed Him! No one else may delight in receiving your needs, burdens, and inadequacies, but God does! He loves many of the things we just can’t bear to carry. Perhaps that is why the Bible says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise” (Psalm 51:17). You show faith every time you leave your issues with Him and wait for His hand to move! Whether it is “something you show” to God or “something you give Him,” you are taking a bold step every time you “present your request to God.”

Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr. (2009-01-09). Journal Your Journey “This, too, shall pass!” (Kindle Locations 6520-6538). iUniverse. Kindle Edition.