40 Days of Prayer – The Prayer of Thanks

Day 7 – The Prayer of Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving Day…a national holiday that dates back to the 17th century.  The holiday was initiated to give thanks to God for the bountiful harvest He provided.  Giving thanks to God is a prayer.  Much of our modern day praying is made up of giving thanks to God and asking Him to provide something else for us.  Our practice of prayer seems to be centered on us.  Giving thanks to God is an important aspect of prayer.  This Thanksgiving Day, let’s give thanks to God for some of the more difficult blessings we may have had…endurance to be sustained in a very difficult task, comfort in the loss of a loved one, patience to deal with a stressful situation, or lessons learned in a period of suffering.  God is at work in every area of our lives…the ‘good’ blessings are just sometimes easier to recognize.  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  Focus your thanks on what God has done instead of what we have received.

Re: Verse reading–Luke 5:12-26.

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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