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Throwback Thursday: A Prayer of Thanksgiving

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;   Phil. 4:6 (NKJV)

       

Every prayer should be one of thanksgiving. This verse is sandwiched between two verses that help us understand it better.

The reason that we should not be anxious, worried or fretful about anything is because “The Lord is at hand!” (phil. 4:5b). God is always with us. He has promised to never leave us. Rather than being anxious, we should pray, and we should pray with a thankful attitude.

We should thank God not only for what He is going to do, but we should thank Him for what He already is doing. He has saved us. He provides all our needs. He strengthens us when we are weak. should even thank Him for the trials that we are going through because they are for our growth as a Christian, and that brings glory to God. We can be thankful for God’s love and His mercy. We should be thankful for His sovereignty and His power.

It is easy during the Thanksgiving season to become more thankful, but we need to keep this attitude all throughout the year. We take too many things for granted, and we usually don’t think about it until they are gone. Instead of being thankful for what we have, we allow greed to take over, and we want more. Sometimes, God takes something from us in order to draw us closer to Him and away from this materialistic world.

There is a result to thankful prayer, and it is found in the following verse. The peace of God will guard your heart and mind. Peace is the opposite of anxiety. Wouldn’t it be better to face the trials of our lives in peace, knowing that God has a plan and He will work it out for His purpose and our good? Now that is really something to thank God for.

Dear heavenly Father,

Thank You for salvation and all Your mercies! You know what each of us is facing today, and we thank You for what You are going to do in each situation for we trust You. Thank You for the peace You give us as we sail through stormy waters. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Phil. 4:5-7. What are we supposed to pray about? Memorize verses 6-7.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What anxieties can you take to God today? What could be hindering you from feeling peace? Remember to give God thanks. Trust in Him.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

The Marks of Jesus

THE MARKS OF JESUS

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 From now on let no one trouble me,

For I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

Gal. 6:17 (NKJV)

Beatings, stoning, shipwreck? Most of us have not suffered these things for serving Christ. Rejection, broken relationships, and job loss are the more common types of persecution that we face today. The key to all of this is our attitude. Do we endure the marks of Christ with joy and contentment?

The Apostle Paul certainly suffered for the cause of Christ. A list of his sufferings is in 2 Corinthians 11:23b-28: “labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness- besides the other things…”

All this suffering and yet he wrote that we should rejoice always and be anxious for nothing. He also said that he had learned to be content in any state (Phil. 4:4, 6, 10, 11).

I have not suffered as Paul did, but we can look to Paul as a shining example of one trusting in God’s sovereignty and power.

Persecution towards Christians is increasing. I pray that the Lord will come before we have to suffer as Paul did. Whether imprisonment or stoning, we must face persecution with the faith of Paul, for when there is faith, there is no fear.

Lord Jesus,

Help us face persecution with the spirit of Paul. With contentment and rejoicing, and without fear. We trust You, and we count it a privilege to suffer for You. Increase our faith so that our fears will not exist. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Phil. 4:4-13. Paul penned this from prison.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What types of persecution have you faced? Pray, asking God to increase your trust in Him so you will not continue in fear and anxiety.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.