We go to God when we need Him. We approach Him when we need a pick me up. We plead with Him to move on our behalf and on the behalf of others. We invite Him into our lives to work, call on Him for help, and pray for His guidance in our lives.
These are all good things–things that should absolutely be a part of our prayers. But I believe that there is one thing that significantly changes the way that we think and pray. And I don’t know about you, but I tend to skip out on it more than I’d like to admit.
It’s giving thanks.
Thankfulness is ultimately the antidote to forgetfulness.
When we thank God for what He’s done, we remember how faithful He has been to us in the past and can rest assured He’ll still be faithful now. When we thank God for who He is, we remember who is on our side. The boldness of our prayers increase as we remember the God who is and has been mighty, strong and capable for a very long time. When we thank God for the wonders He is doing in others lives, we grow in faith, knowing He’s capable of working miracles in our own lives–because we’ve seen it in other’s lives.
Giving thanks is so important because it not only gives glory and blesses the very heart of God, but it blesses us too. We are awakened from our spiritual amnesia when we start to recall who God is, what He’s done and what He’s going to do in our lives. Thankfulness keeps us aware and always on the lookout for what God is doing around us.
By beginning our prayers with a thankfulness, our fear-filled requests start to transform into faith-filled requests because we dare to remember the God who has come through before. When we start off by being thankful, fear begins to shrink as we acknowledge and recall WHO we are coming before.
May we not be a people who only give thanks when it is convenient for us. Let us not just give thanks when life is going good and when we receive good things. But rather, may we be a people who dare to remember all that God has done by thanking Him—all the time.