Thanksgiving is an important part of prayer. If you think about it, it only makes sense. How do you feel when someone takes and takes without ever saying thank you?
Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. (1Ch 16:8)
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare. (Psa 75:1)
Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. (Dan 6:9-10)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Phi 4:6)
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; (Col 4:2)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (1Ti 2:1-2)
And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. (Luk 17:12-18)
Prayer with Thanksgiving
This study won’t be deep or long. Just one simple point today – prayer is more effective with thanksgiving. People quickly tire of the person who takes without gratitude. It’s only right to express appreciation to God for His goodness to us. Notice in the various Bible texts that prayer and thanksgiving are linked.
The cleansing of the ten lepers illustrates this principle. Christ healed ten lepers, but only one returned to give thanks. I wonder if that ratio hold true today – that we only thank God for a tenth of what He does for us?
What About You?
- Is thanksgiving a regular part of your prayer life? If not, why not try adding it consistently and see the impact it has on the effectiveness of your prayers.
- If God decided to take back everything you hadn’t thanked Him for in the last 30 days, what would be left when you woke up tomorrow?