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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.

Throwback Thursday: Are You Spending Thanksgiving With Demons?

 

ARE YOU SPENDING THANKSGIVING WITH DEMONS

By Carolyn Dale Newell

For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused

If it is received with thanksgiving;

1 Timothy 4:4 NKJV

No, it is not your in-laws, nor the uncle you cannot get along with. However, you could be spending Thanksgiving with someone who shares the doctrines of demons.

Let’s unpack this passage of Scripture which Paul wrote to Timothy. He refers to the latter times, which we are living in now. Many will depart from the faith giving close attention to “deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1). Paul continues with a list of demonic attributes: lying, a seared conscience, forbidding marriage, and abstaining from particular foods.

This was more serious than being a vegetarian. The Jews had lived under dietary restrictions for many years. God prohibited certain food for health reasons, but the law was primarily to prevent them from mingling with the heathen nations. Now things had changed. Jesus died for Jews and Gentiles alike. You can imagine the problems that arose during dinners. Gentiles ate ham biscuits and the Jews were appalled.

There were false teachers teaching the dietary law. Speaking of food, Paul says, “God created [food] to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe” (1 Tim. 4:3b). God makes it clear that all food is lawful when it is received with thanksgiving.

This goes beyond saying the blessing and tonight’s menu. It is about having an attitude of gratitude. Demons are not thankful. If they had appreciated the heavenly home they once occupied they would have never rebelled against God. He cast the fallen angels and Satan out of heaven.

Let’s check up on our thankfulness. We do not want to be like the ungrateful demonic forces. No matter what is going on in your life today, find something to be thankful for. Only demons count their battles. Saints count their blessings.

Father,

Open our eyes to our many blessings. Forgive us for never adequately thanking You for homes, health, family, and friends, but especially for Jesus. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read 1 Timothy 4:1-5.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What are you thanking God for today? Help others realize what an affront their ingratitude is to God.

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.