Thanksgiving: The Attidude of All Prayers
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it is always the time to emphasize giving thanks. We should do so obviously in prayer. However, thanksgiving shouldn't just be found in one prayer here and there, we should have a thankful attitude towards God in every prayer we pray.
One familiar verse reads, "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Phil. 4:6). Did you catch the part where all of our requests of God should be made with thanksgiving? In other words, even when we ask God for something, we should ask Him with an attitude of thankfulness. I like a comment one bible teacher made about this verse: "Does not this imply that he takes for granted that thanksgiving is the backround, the predominant tone of the Christian life? To pray in any other spirit is to clip the wings of prayer." Our prayers don't soar when we lack a grateful attitude in our hearts.
Maybe you've been taught to say "thank you" to God in your prayers. That is not enough according to Philippians 4:6, "do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." No, don't just tell God "thank you," but pray with an attitude that is thankful for God's grace in Christ, His undeserved goodness, and the privilege of being His child through the blood of Christ. God may not grant your request how you would like, but He will always be pleased with your humble gratitude.
November is a good time to renew our thankfulness to God. Let us have a heart of thanksgiving in the background of every prayer we pray, all year round, so that our prayers have wings.
Thank God for His goodness,