Tuesday, June 4, 2013
My Thoughts on Thankfulness
The other day I was reading Psalm 136 and verse 1 made me ponder quite a bit. It says: "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting." (NASB). This verse was a gentle reminder that I need to thank God for everything He has done in my life, too often I neglect showing Him the gratitude He deserves.
My gratitude should be more than just singing worship songs on a Sunday, my gratitude to God should be poured out to Him everyday! Often my prayers are just filled with requests, which are not bad in of themselves, but they should not be the only things that make up my prayers. My prayers should also be filled with praise, confession and THANKSGIVING!
As I mentioned before there is so much I can thank the Lord for, e.g.His mercy. How often do I thank Him for His mercy or for His gift of salvation? Probably none. Honestly that just shows how ungrateful I am, and not to mention forgetful to all God has done for me, and yet I owe Him everything for saving my soul.
Another good verse to look at regarding prayer and thankfulness is Philippians 4:6 : "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (NASB) The MacArthur Study says this,in regards to the last part of this verse, "Gratitude to God accompanies all true prayer."
Another passage is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (NASB) The MacArthur Study Bible says, "Thanklessness is a trait of unbelievers."
Therefore thankfulness is an important aspect of prayer, and from now on I am going to try to add thanksgiving to my prayers. But I would like to add that there is more to prayer than requests and thankfulness. In his workbook 'Fundamentals of the Faith', John MacArthur gives this helpful acronym identifying the four important areas of prayer (I'd also like to add that my friend Gabby reminded me of this acronym a few days ago!):
Confession of sin
Supplication (prayer requests).
(Note: This is a blog post from 2 weeks ago that I accidentally deleted! )