Prayer: Part I

Giving thanks is so important to being able to hear God’s voice because, like praise and worship, it is something God responds to. It’s something God loves, something that warms His heart. Anytime we give God pleasure like that, our intimacy with Him increases – and that makes for a better relationship with Him.

If we are not thankful for what we have, why should He give us something else to murmur about? During my times of desperation,  I gave thanks for what I still had. I gave thanks for the earth, my health, friends, and family. Furthermore, I gave thanks for God. Give thanks to God for the situation you are in. No job? That leaves time for your community, family, and reflection. God is guiding you.

When God sees that we genuinely appreciate and are thankful for the big and little things, He is inclined to bless us even more. According to Philippians 4:6, everything we ask God for should be preceded and accompanied by thanksgiving. No matter what we pray for, thanksgiving should always go with it. A good habit to develop is starting all of our prayers with thanksgiving. An example of this would be: “Thank You for all You have done in my life. You are awesome and I really love and appreciate You.”

I encourage you to examine your life, to pay attention to your thoughts and your words, and see how much thanksgiving you express. If you want a challenge, just try to get through an entire day without uttering one word of complaint. Develop an attitude of thanksgiving in every situation. In fact, just become outrageously thankful – and watch as your intimacy with God increases and as He pours out greater blessings than ever before.

God’s word for you today: Speak words of thanksgiving, not words of complaint.

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