Whatever Things

In the New Kings James Bible the phrase "whatever things" occurs in four verses. As you look at them, what do you see?

Matthew 12:22And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."

Mark 11:24Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Romans 15:4For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

Philippians 4:8Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

If these scriptures are assembled together, they read one continuous thought as follows:

"And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

In our culture today, "whatever" is used as a withdrawal or non-committal comment. Could it be that we do not take seriously the act of thinking and praying or talking to others? Not so in these Scriptures. Could it be that God has shown us a more perfect way to know Him? Maybe a way to know each other better. Just a speculation. What do you see and whatever things do these say to you?