I’m so grateful for all that God has done for me and so I offer my life as a living sacrifice to Him. So think about all you have to be thankful for-all that God has done for you. Don’t be silent or take these blessings for granted. Tell Him, in detail. As you thank Him, give Him praise, worship Him, and seek to cultivate a more intimate relationship with Him. Have a wonderful day as you continue to develop a life of constant prayer…always communing with your Father…always being thankful.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, with an alert mind and thankful heart.” Colossians 4:2
Most people admit that they pray…when facing a crisis or in times of stress or particular need. But Paul describes a completely different attitude toward prayer-a life devoted to constant prayer-watchful and vigilant, alert and prepared, thankful and grateful.
Thankfulness opens our hearts to God and changes our countenance and attitude. When we’re thankful, we look, feel, and think differently. With a thankful heart, it’s more difficult to be doubtful or discouraged, worried or afraid.
Many people fill their prayers with nothing but a list of wishes and desires, detailing the things they want. These kinds of prayers can make God seem like a genie in a bottle. But being thankful changes our relationship with Him. It helps us take our minds off ourselves and focus on Him. We remember all that He’s done for us. We think about His deeds and His faithfulness.
Thankfulness encourages a spirit of worship as we realize that God is the Creator of the entire universe…yet He loves us and cares about us as individuals! Thankfulness encourages faith and expectation. We realize that God really does answer prayer, that He really hears us.Thankfulness also changes our vocabulary. If we concentrate on our needs and problems, we can be worried or afraid, doubtful or discouraged. But when we’re thankful, we become confident in God and filled with expectancy.