When the Apostle Paul teaches Christians to pray, he reminds us that
thanksgiving is an important part of prayer:
not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need,
always giving thanks. And God's peace, which is so great we
cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:6 NCV)
Continue praying, keeping alert, and always thanking God.
(Colossians 4:2 NCV)
Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever
happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus. (1
Thessalonians 5:16-18 NCV)
Often we pray anxiously for people we love -- or for ourselves.
Often we pray, fearful that God will chose not to help. What is
missing? What do we need to restore the peace and confidence in
God's goodness? Thanksgiving!
As we saw in the Old Testament thanksgiving prayer, we
praise God for who He is -- "good" -- and we thank Him for what He does
-- shows khesed, love &
mercy. Praise and thanks teach our hearts to trust God through
the hard times. And the result of knowing God's goodness is God's
peace, resting in Christ Jesus.
And if you feel that your faith is weak, and that you can't think of
good reasons why you should thank God when you hit Him with your
requests, spend some time in Romans 8, slowly digesting every word and
The Spirit we received does not make us slaves again to fear; it makes
us children of God. With that Spirit we cry out, "Father." And
the Spirit himself joins with our spirits to say we are God's
Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do
not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God
for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot
explain. God can see what is in people's hearts. And he knows
what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit speaks to God for
his people in the way God wants.
We know that in everything God works for the good of
those who love him. They are the people he called, because that was his
plan. God knew them before he made the world, and he decided that
they would be like his Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of many
brothers. God planned for them to be like his Son; and those he
planned to be like his Son, he also called; and those he called, he
also made right with him; and those he made right, he also glorified.
So what should we say about this? If God is
with us, no one can defeat us. He did not spare his own Son but
gave him for us all. So with Jesus, God will surely give us all
things. Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one, because
God is the One who makes them right Who can say God's people are
guilty? No one, because Christ Jesus died, but he was also raised from
the dead, and now he is on God's right side, begging God for us.
Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can troubles
or problems or sufferings or hunger or nakedness or danger or violent
death? ... But in all these things we have full victory through
God who showed his love for us. Yes, I am sure that neither
death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing
in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor
anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from
the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 14-38 NCV)
Give thanks to the LORD
because He is good!
Because His love, mercy, and grace continue forever!