When we pray, expressing our concerns to God, we should take time to express our thankfulness.
• We tell God our problems, making our requests known to Him with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6).
• We are devoted to prayer, staying alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving
• We rejoice, praying without ceasing, giving thanks to God
(1 Thessalonians. 5:16-18).
A thankful life is a prayerful life. A life void of prayer is an unthankful life.
Thanksgiving in Heaven
We don’t know a lot about heaven, often making us wonder what it will be like. One thing occurring in heaven is thanksgiving.
• The angels in heaven give thanks to God (Revelation 11:17).
• When we get to heaven, we will give thanks to God for salvation, as those who were washed in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:1-15).
If we’re not thankful in our prayers upon the earth, it’s doubtful we’ll live in heaven, where we’ll be busy offering thanks to God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Every Day is Thanksgiving, for Christians
As we experience God’s goodness in our lives, and offer thanks to Him, we could say that every day is a day of thanksgiving. We don’t feast upon turkey every day, in observance of a secular holiday, but we offer our thanks to God in prayer, reflecting our thankfulness in everything we say and do.
• The result of our thankful lives, doing the good works God has ordained, is that it produces thanksgiving to God.
• The effect of things we do upon the earth is far reaching, even reaching the throne of God.
Whatever you do in the bustle of day-to-day life, remember to give thanks. And live in such a way that others, who watch you and experience God’s goodness from your hands, can’t help but pause and offer up a prayer to express their thanks.
In these ways, God will be glorified, and receive the thanks He deserves.
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