A Prayer of Thanksgiving
In Philippians 4:6 (ESV) the apostle Paul says the following;
"...do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
Here at The Christian Prayer Network we share many kinds of prayers. We ask God for help with finances, healing, family, relationships, marriage etc. and as Paul instructs, our prayers often include a word of thanks to God.
The Bible shows us that thanksgiving to God is a Christian virtue. Jesus offered many prayers of thanksgiving to God. He thanked God for hearing him before raising Lazarus from the dead. (John 11:41–42). Each Gospel account of Jesus multiplying loaves and fishes mentions that He “gave thanks” before miraculously distributing the food. (Matt 14:14–21; 15:29–39; Mark 6:30–44; 8:1–13; Luke 9:10–17; John 6:1–15).
At the last supper Jesus gave thanks. In 1 Corinthians 11:23–25 the Apostle Paul confirms the tradition by noting how Jesus “gave thanks” between taking the bread and breaking it, and how “in the same way” He took the cup after the meal, presumably also giving thanks.
In Paul’s writings there are many recorded instances of the apostles giving thanks. For deliverance, for each other, for caring and so forth. Thanksgiving to God is an integral part of the Christian life, and this makes sense because we have so much more to be thankful for!
When you think about it, we have many reasons to praise God.
Thanksgiving for God Himself
As we grow in Christ, we often mirror the progress of a child as she matures. Starting with “gimmies”, a child demands what she wants from her parents. Likewise, we’re quick to tell God what it is we need when we first accept that He is our Father.
The child progresses and learns to say, “thank you” for things, just as do we in our prayers when we realize that God is meeting our needs. And eventually, the little girl will thrill her father by saying, “I love you, Daddy” in response to his lovingkindness.
We too must express our appreciation of the Father for himself.
Thanksgiving for Christ the Savior
Jesus is at the very center of our faith. Without Him we have nothing. We’re grateful for His life and teaching during His ministry on earth. We praise God for our salvation. Brought by Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection, all in full payment for our sins so that we may approach God clothed in the righteousness of Christ. How privileged we are to have Jesus as our intercessor before God the Father.
Thanksgiving to God for the Holy Spirit
As Christians we want to live a perfect life, but as I explain at length in my book, “Something To Believe In”, it’s quite impossible. Without divine help we’re no better equipped to avoid sin just because we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior!
But our loving God sent us the Holy Spirit to help us live a better life. (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; and 16:7). We need a strength greater than our own to live that life, and we’re grateful to God for making that power available to us through the Holy Spirit. The power is ours for the receiving if we ask Him.
Thanksgiving to God for the Scriptures
As we’ve seen just in this simple article, the Holy Bible is indeed a lamp to our feet when it comes to navigating and understanding new life as a Christian. In this age of technology, we’ve come to understand that information is paramount! Wikipedia has this to say;
The Information Age (also known as the Computer Age, Digital Age, or New Media Age) is a period in human history characterized by the shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based on information computerization. (Wikipedia)
Without information, it’s hard to succeed in business or in everyday life. Many of us would be lost without our smartphones, tablets and iWatches! We need information and we need it now!
Christians have known this for millennia. We thank God for giving us the scriptures without which we wouldn’t have a clue! You don’t see many “Bible-thumping” Christians walking around with the good book in hand much more, but you can be sure most of us have the Holy Bible at our smartphone fingertips!
Thanksgiving to God for Prayer
You’re probably reading this article on The Christian Prayer Network blog. We come together here for prayer. Prayer is important.
It is through prayer that we demonstrate our faith in its simplest form. We know you are there, God. We’re so grateful that we can speak with you in Jesus’ name. Our life would be empty without prayer.
How thankful I am that I have my God to pray to. Atheists and agnostics have no such assurance in their empty universe. They are alone.
Thanksgiving to God for the Church
In starting this article it wasn’t my intention to plug my book, “Something To Believe In”, but it turns out I’m touching on a couple of topics here for which I do a ‘deep dive” in the book. One of them is the church. I speak of the small-c church and a capital-C Church.
The church is that place we go to on the Sabbath. Often criticized, it is not a collection of perfect people, instead, it’s a motely gathering of imperfect ones. It’s the product of our muddling human efforts to congregate in the name of Jesus, as we should. (Hebrews 10:25). But history has shown that we don’t always get things right.
Christ’s Church on the other hand is the fellowship of the saints. The bride of Christ. It is the coming together of Christians. It is the collective of the believers. It is you, me and our Prayer Warriors coming together on The Christian Prayer Network. And it is church on Sunday morning.
Life as a Christian would be very difficult indeed if it wasn’t for the Church. We thank God for giving us our Church through Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving to God for “You”
The apostle Paul often expressed his love for and gave thanks for his people. The greatest joy of a Christian worker is the bringing of people to the Lord. I give thanks to God for those of you who might know him better through this mission.
So that’s a lot to be thankful for. But how thankful are we? Enough to utter a prayer of thanksgiving?
Can we be thankful to God enough to worship Him?
Can we be thankful for Jesus enough to follow Him?
How about the Holy Spirit? Are we grateful enough to be filled by Him?
And the scriptures. Thankful enough to read them?
Are we grateful enough to support the Church?
And finally, are we thankful for each other such that we live lives of kindness and consideration, promoting our wonderful fellowship in Christ?