First let’s look at the words prayer and supplication.
Prayer is a privilege and an obligation of the Christian where we communicate with God.
Prayer is how we convey our confession (1 John 1:9), requests (1 Tim. 2:1-3), intercessions (James 5:15), thanksgiving (Phil. 4:6), etc., to our holy God. We are commanded to pray (1 Thess. 5:17).
There is nothing that we may bring before God that we shouldn’t. God wants us to talk to him about everything.
Although it is a noun, supplication comes from the Latin verb supplicare, which means “to plead humbly.” While a supplication is often thought of as a religious prayer (it is used 60 times in the Bible), it can logically be applied to any situation in which you must earnestly ask or implore someone in power for help or a favor.
Supplication is a prayer where we ask God for something or to do something specific. Many times we lose out because we haven’t gone before our Father and asked.
God always has the knowledge of what we’ve done or need or want. He already knows about our requests while we are still in the thinking stages. So where the verse says “Let your requests be known unto God” it’s not for his benefit, but for ours. It is his will (intention) that we are participants in our own lives.
We need to remember that our prayers and supplications should be given with thanksgiving, not with whining or demands, but we are to ask with heartfelt love and praise.
God wants us to have true peace. We are not to worry about anything, nor be anxious. Everything boils down to one of two areas; love or fear. Love is of God and fear is of the enemy. Fear is sin!
If we are afraid, where does God fit into the scenario? The enemy loves for us to be unhappy, scared or apprehensive. What can we do in situations of fear? Turn immediately to God and he will bless us with his peace that passes understanding.
Thank you Lord that you actually want to be with me during every step and every adventure that I will experience while on this earth. As I draw closer to you, I will grow in you. Please remind me to talk to you about everything; with prayer and praise.
Thank you that as your child, I will enjoy your peace when times of worry, unhappiness and fear come upon me. I won’t, perhaps, have understanding of why a certain situation has come along but I will know that, when asked, you will bless me with your peace that passes my understanding.
Many times however, in tough situations, I forget to pray. Many times in gladness I forget to praise you. Fortunately you never forget to be with me. Lord please help me to make it my habit to always be in prayer to you, so that in all situations I will immediately turn to you first.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray.