“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV).
What an excellent prayer!
“Claim it to receive it” – and all the saints shout Amen!
And why not?
We all desire to have our needs supplied according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
However, it is essential to understand that this is not a matter of “claim it and receive it” or “confess it to possess it.”
It is about partnership – actively sponsoring a particular assignment and a pronounced blessing to the party participating in the venture.
In this same chapter, verses 15 – 16 read, “Now you Philippians know also that at the beginning of the gospel when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica, you sent aid once and again for my necessities.
Note verse 15, “NO CHURCH SHARED WITH ME” – So there were other churches when Paul (the writer) departed from Macedonia, traveling around the region evangelizing.
The ONLY church that shared with him concerning giving and receiving is the Church in Philippi.
Can the Churches that did not send aid to Paul (the writer) just read verse 19 of Paul’s letter to the Church in Philippi and say, “WE RECEIVE IT,” although they never sent aid to Paul?
Or did Paul pray this prayer as a closing prayer after the sermon?
Remember the common denominator; – they were all Churches but only One Church Shared with Him.
Only one church partnered!
He prayed this Prayer specifically to bless the Church in Philippi for supporting him with their substance, partnering with Him. At the same time, he (Paul) worked on his divine assignment of preaching the Gospel.
To receive a blessing from an assignment, you must be a partner in that assignment.
Whatever the other churches (those that did not share with Paul) did, they got their rewards accordingly – there was “NO CLAIM IT TO RECEIVE IT.”
This is not to suggest one cannot pray that kind of prayer under the right circumstances.
The important lesson is understanding how to partner (engage) in the specific assignment and receive its corresponding benefit.
Believers must understand that the BLESSING OF THE LORD makes one rich, and he adds NO SORROW (Proverbs 10:22).
Each blessing comes by engaging in the specific ACT to receive the corresponding gift.
We pray that all shall understand the Father’s concerns; each person will discover their assignment and, where necessary, find like-minded individuals to join resources to accomplish their God-given mission and do it God’s Way to attract His Blessings.