Devote Yourself to Prayer and Thankfulness

 Daily God Walk for Saturday, November 12, 2011

 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  – Colossians 4:2

 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone. – 1 Timothy 2:1

 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:5-7

 I have known a few people who did not know the meaning of thankfulness. It seems they see a caveat in every blessing. I know one man that when you tell him of a project idea or a dream he will say, “yes, but the thing of it is…” and he goes on to give all of the reasons why it can’t be done. And the truth is that his attitude is what keeps good things from happening.

In all three of the scriptures above there is a pattern that we should follow. First, there is prayer. Then we are instructed to present our petitions to God with thanksgiving. Prayers, petitions and requests are to be made with thanksgiving.

Some of the unhappiest believers I know submit their petitions with complaining rather than thanksgiving. It’s almost like they only see God as a reluctant vending machine that they have to keep pounding on to get what they paid for.

You can rest assured that those complainers not only have many unmet needs they also don’t have much peace in their life. Their glass is always half empty and their just waiting around to see what is going to be the next bad thing to happen to them.

Paul gave us the secret to righteous rejoicing and being thankful in all circumstances. He said he had found the secret of being content in every situation, whether he had plenty or was in need. The secret was that he knew God would supply all of his needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:10-19).

 Prayer: Help me to present my needs to you with thanksgiving.


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