One of the concepts that is linked to prayer in the NT on more than one occasion is the giving of thanks to God. Earlier in this series, I quoted a pair of Scripture verses concerning prayer that also mention thanksgiving and I want to reiterate them for this article:
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving, — Colossians 4:2
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
And here’s a couple more:
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men… — 1 Timothy 2:1
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. — Hebrews 13:15
As you can see, the giving of thanks to God is inextricably linked to the practice of prayer. Any prayer life that consistently excludes thanksgiving is one that will quickly devolve into a sense of entitlement, an attitude that God doesn’t appreciate and will not honor.
And our thankfulness can be expressed for things ranging from the significant and/or supernatural such as our salvation, healing, and financial provision to the comparatively mundane, such as our appreciation of a beautiful day, an amazing sunset, or the cute things our kids do and say — and everywhere in between.
So let’s explore this idea in depth…
Continue reading “Ask & You Shall Receive #10 — Thanksgiving in Prayer”