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Few years ago when I was facilitating a children’s bible study group, one student opted to pray before the start of lessons. All the children were surprised because he couldn’t pray like we usually do, he didn’t know which words to use and easily got frustrated. This particular day, he thanked God for basically everything, the trees, the animals, he’s teachers, friends, parents, all the nice gifts he had received… then as usual he got stuck, not knowing how to end. He eventually concluded, “God I thank you for everything” and repeated again “ eerm for everything”!! Amen
That was funny to the kids but, fortunately for us, all our prayers were checked out, with, “thank you for everything”!
Gracias, Merci, Danke, Obrigado, xiexie, Aseda, Mahalo, Shurkan, Shidaa, Toda, Na gode, Adupe … we can go on for days. I am sure as you look at these words, your eyes fall on some seemingly familiar words and phrases. It’s easy to know the meaning of these words just by an effort to read them. My favorite is Obrigado or Obrigada, it’s Portuguese, which means thank you! It stems from the Latin word ‘obrigar’ which means to obligate, mandate and surprisingly ‘thank you’ which is often used.
It’s easy to put these two together and say, “ when ever you feel indebted because of some form of favor you’ve received, it’s mandatory to give thanks”…
Let’s rephrase the above text in our context; “ whenever you feel indebted because of some form of favor you’ve received, it’s mandatory to give thanks to whoever made it possible but first the author of every good and perfect gift”
God authors all things for us and we have to thank Him. It’s his will that we ‘Give Thanks’
He wants us to Thank him in everything… There isn’t any scope of limitation with the kind or sorts of things we can give thanks about. God is asking for all, all the bitter, sweet, funny, sad, confused moments…
There’s a prophecy that in the last days people will become unthankful, meaning they’ll break Gods will for our lives.
“For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,”
II Timothy 3:2 NKJV
The enemy with all his devices, is aiming at we not fulfilling the will of God, so Unpleasant Situations and experiences are been built all around us, just to make us unthankful at the end.
The above prophecy is negative. A heart of unthankfulness is a heart against Gods will!!
“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;”Colossians 4:2 NKJV
“That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.”Psalms 26:7 NKJV
Thanksgiving Magnifies God in our eyes and the eyes of all others who hear and see our testimony. This Power of Thanksgiving glorifies God. When God is Glorified, souls are won, the Kingdom of God comes!!!
Thanksgiving is a sacrifice, it’s costly !
“Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.”Psalms 107:22 NKJV
It’s an offering which God deserves and we His children must sacrifice it. A day is occupied with so much tasks and Busines that our attention has been shifted from ‘this sacrifice’, we now think it’s Gods duty to supply what we need. Weighty things loose their value on the head of fools!!!!
Even the idea of His existence is fading away from minds!!!! Mercy Lord!!
Our gains, profits, losses, successes and failures should cause us to thank God, because He is the one working it all out for our good. He’s delivering us from a lot of ‘good looking things’ that will cost us our relationship with Him. He knows the Future, He sees the bigger picture!!
It’s His will that in all things we’ll Give Thanks to Him!!!
Below are some important verses to meditate on, you’ll love them!!
“For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”
I Timothy 4:4-5 NKJV
“Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving And the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.”
Jeremiah 30:19 NKJV
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;”
Philippians 4:6 NKJV
“For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”
Isaiah 51:3 NKJV
“Offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, Proclaim and announce the freewill offerings; For this you love, You children of Israel!” Says the Lord God.”
Amos 4:5 NKJV
“saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.””
Revelation 7:12 NKJV
Prayer: Thank you Lord!!! All I have to say is thank you!!