Supplication is a Christian duty. We are commanded to go to God in behalf of other people with our humble and sincere requests. The word supplication invokes thoughts in our mind which communicate a greater burden, a greater need of God's intervention in our situation. We are brought to experience a realization of great dependency upon God to do something for us that none other can ever possibly do for us. This spiritual and prayerful supplication is more for the benefit of others than for ourselves. In supplication, our greatest sense of burden is for the needs of someone whom we can not help them by ourself. The person we love and pray for needs God and we are requesting God to come to their rescue and provide the cure, the remedy and the assistance which only God can provide.
Supplication is never causal. It is never without strong emotion and desire. It is an act of great compassion for someone who needs God's help. In supplication we are making known to God our petition with the deepest commitment and sacrifice to move God to hear and answer our prayer. We are not trying to earn God's response; but rather, to express our absolute helplessness without God's mercy and help.
13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
The 120 saints in the upper room, who were gathered together in one accord in prayer and supplication, were not in a causal frame of mind. It was not just another day in this world of eating, drinking, sleeping, working and visiting with friends and family. It was a sober day of prayer and supplication for the help and assistance of God Almighty. They were praying with a great burden for the help of God.
The apostle Paul exhorts us to be often before God “with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.”
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
With prayer and supplication we are in earnest when we ask God for help. This is serious business and it calls for the exercise of faith, humble obedience and a sincere willingness to sancrifice ourself on the altar of service to one another.
King Solomon is recorded making prayer and supplication for God's help for himself and the people of Israel. Consider his example:
1 Kings 8:22-27
22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven:
23 And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:
24 Who hast kept with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him: thou spakest also with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.
25 Therefore now, Lord God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.
26 And now, O God of Israel, let thy word, I pray thee, be verified, which thou spakest unto thy servant David my father.
27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
28 Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:
29 That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, My name shall be there: that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which thy servant shall make toward this place.
30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.
Solomon's prayer is full of humility and the knowledge of his dependency upon the God of all heaven and earth. There was no pride or independence in his attitude toward their need of God's help.
Here are seven questions which you need to ask yourself!
You need to truthfully and confidently know the answer to these questions!
- Have you considered the attitude and countenance with which you present yourself before God?
- Do you make your request known to God in humility and sincere confession of your weakness?
- Do you humbly and sincerely prove to God that you recognize your need of His power, His mercy, His lovingkindness?
- Are you too causal when you pray?
- Are you just going through a form of worship and yet you deny the great need of God's power working in your behalf?
- Do you believe that God will hear in heaven and answer on earth?
- Are you in fellowship with God, so that you can call upon Him and believe that He is a rewarder of all them who diligently seek Him and keep His commandments?
4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Can your prayer be described as being supplication?
I REPEAT: Supplication is never causal. It is never without strong emotion and desire. It is an act of great compassion for someone who needs God's help. In supplication we are making known to God our petition with the deepest commitment and sacrifice to move God to hear and answer our prayer. We are not trying to earn God's response; but rather, to express our absolute helplessness without God's mercy and help.
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
Oh LORD! We need you now! You are the Only One to help us!