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The Power of Saying “Thanks!”

November 27th, 2013 2 comments

Giving-Thanks“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”

Colossians 4:2, NLT

The Power of saying “Thanks!”

In the passage above we see that God intends for prayer to be wedded with thanksgiving. Our prayers should always arise from a thankful heart. So what is the foundation for this thankfulness? Let’s take a look at the passage below for a few ideas:

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever… Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing.”

(Psalm 107:1, 15, 21-22, NKJV)

The psalmist gave thanks to the Lord for three unchanging realities:

1] He was thankful for God’s goodness.

2] He was thankful for God’s mercy.

3] He was thankful for God’s workings in his life in previous seasons.

How about you? Are you grateful for the goodness of God towards you? Are you grateful for His mercy extended to you at the cross? Are you thankful for God’s faithfulness to you over the years you have been alive? Spend some time discussing these foundation pillars of thankfulness.

The Birthplace of Thanksgiving is Gratitude

Gratitude arises from contemplating the goodness and mercy of the Lord.

What can you give to a person who has demonstrated great mercy and blessing towards you? The only proper response is sincere, heartfelt appreciation and thanks.

“What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.”

Psalm 116:12, NLT

Gratitude is an inner emotion arising from the heart of one who realizes they have been the object of God’s blessing. Gratitude is hidden, secret, and internal.

Thanksgiving, on the other hand, involves the expressing of our gratitude. When we praise the Lord we vocalize our love. Praise is the adoration of God, the celebration of who He is. Thanksgiving involves thanking God for what He has done. Thanksgiving is a public confession of the multitude of blessings we have received from Him!

“Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God… giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.”

Psalm 50:14, 23, NLT

The giving of thanks is foundational to prayer. We are not asking God for anything. We are simply enjoying Him and expressing our thanks to Him for Who He is and for all He has done on our behalf. Thanksgiving helps us focus on God’s faithfulness.

 Murmuring as Perverted Prayer      

Murmuring is simply a perverted, counterfeit for prayer. Instead of focusing on God’s goodness, it focuses on hurts, pains or disappointments. Instead of expressing thanksgiving for all God has done and will do, murmuring vomits out unbelief and ingratitude.

Instead of murmuring, God commands us to pray! Instead of worrying, God commands us to give thanks!

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

Philippians 4:6, NLT

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

I Thessalonians 5:18, NLT

 Are there worries or concerns in your life which need prayer? Where can you turn your murmuring into thanksgiving? Identify these areas and offer them to the Lord in prayer.