Well here we are…the final post of my four part series on Prayer! I first want to thank those of you that have followed along with me the past month in discussing prayer. I initially started writing this series to share how much I am learning about prayer and in turn, I have been blessed by your insightful comments and replies and for that I am thankful.
I began this series discussing how that without repentance from sin; the communication between God and us is disconnected. God cannot hear our prayers unless our hearts are free from unconfessed sin, coming to Him in faith, and seeking His will. What a blessing to come boldly before Almighty God and know that He hears us!
I love King David’s attitude in this verse from a Psalm of Thanksgiving! The gates and the courts were referring to the temple. As believers, our body is now God’s temple. When we go to Him in prayer; every word that’s spoken from the depths of our heart should be overflowing with thanksgiving!
We have so much to be thankful for and yet sometimes it is easy to forget or take things for granted. I thank God every morning before getting out of bed for allowing me to see another day!
I know it sounds crazy but I am thankful that God allowed the stroke to happen and was able to survive while realizing all that He has done for me. He chose us to be a part of His family to both encourage one another in the faith and help unbelievers to know Him as their Savior. I smile just thinking about it and I’m so humbled by the responsibility that comes with living as a Christian.
Even though I have indescribable pains as a result of the stroke, I thank Him for healing my brain enough to allow me to eat and drink without drooling and giving me the strength to sit up on my own. I am so grateful that I can read ,understand , and study His word each day.
Something else to be thankful for is our family and friends that love us, and that we are allowed to gather and worship our Savior without fear here in America.(at least for now) Most of us are blessed with plenty clothes to wear and a roof over our heads.
As we celebrated our Thanksgiving holiday last week and enjoyed the abundance of food; something weighed heavy on my heart. We gather together and go around the table sharing what we are thankful for and reflecting on the bounty that God has blessed us with.
However, what about the prayers that take place the other 364 days of the year? Are we praying with thanksgiving? I know that even as an adult I have been guilty of the rehearsed prayer.
Remember these…God is great God is good, we thank Him for this food. Amen. What about “Now I lay me down to sleep, I prayer the Lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”
I know these prayers are easier to remember for young children but are we teaching repetitions or relationships? Prayer is not like hitting the drive thru and placing our order. Prayer is a true reflection of our relationship with Christ.
As we pray with thanksgiving, our hearts open up, we feel unbelievably blessed, and the trials we face seem to fade when remembering all He has done for us as we thank Him.
Praying with Thanksgiving ultimately gives praise to our Father in heaven. When we pray with a thankful heart, we help open the eyes of those around us and encourage them to open their heart to thanking God for all He has done.
Finally,as we head towards the celebration of our Savior’s birth and the end of 2015, I hope you will take a moment and share what you are thankful for in the comments.
Thanks again for joining me as I shared my thoughts on prayer. It is my prayer that this series has been a help and encouragement to all who read it and I want to close this prayer series with one of my favorite verses. When you go to Him in prayer, remember the words from this verse in Philippians.
“Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Blessings to you and yours. Have a wonderful week!