Thanksgiving in Prayers
Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of
thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing. (Ps 107:22)
We pray to praise, to give thanks,
to communicate, to ask questions, to petition, to confess and repent to the
Lord, and also to make intercession for the church, the nation, and other
Thanksgiving is a recognition that
everything comes as a gift even though we are unworthy to receive it. It is
also an expression of acknowledging God for his goodness and mercy.
Supplication is to request.
Thanksgiving and supplication in
our prayers are like the two wings which can carry us up to spiritual heights.
Some may have one strong wing of supplication but the wing of thanksgiving is
weak. This is not sufficient when the cloud is dark and it seems that
there is no way out. We need two strong wings so that we can fly high and
break through the dark cloud to reach out to the heavenly
Father. Thanksgiving for past blessings is good preparation for successful
supplications. When we give thanks, we think upon God’s love and mercy towards
us, and we have courage to trust in Him for more grace.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all
His benefits.(Ps 103:2)
We have plenty of things to praise
God: His love, forgiveness, salvation, kindness, mercy, compassion, justice,
patience. We receive all of these even though we do not deserve to have
any of them. When we offer our thanksgiving prayer for past grace, then we
will be filled with hope for the future. No matter how difficult your life’s
journey is, you can always receive God’s grace and count your blessings — past,
present, and future.
We can not comprehend God’s love
until we learn to give thanks and praise Him. The saddest thing in this
world is to be deeply loved by Jesus Christ, yet not realizing His love and
complaining much. Once we try to add thanksgiving into our prayer, the
strength of Christ pours into our heart. Through thanksgiving, we walk out from
our difficulties by remembering we’re blessed, thereby rising above our current
situation… and we let Jesus Christ walk in. We often learn to cherish only
after we suffer from loss.
Question for Reflection:
Think and reflect,
what great things have the Lord done for you?