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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4 : 6 NIV
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2 NIV
There seems to be an undeniable link between prayer and thanksgiving. Many of us go before God in prayer to talk to Him about our needs. And there is nothing wrong with that. God is our Father and He welcomes us to come to Him with all our concerns. But scripture recommends that when we come to God in prayer, we should also give thanks. Unfortunately, some of us think that God can be manipulated into doing our bidding through praise. That somehow, if we praise God with all our might, we’ll finally get what we want. God calls us to pray with thanksgiving for us, not Himself. Many of us have missed the point of giving thanks in prayer.
God cannot be manipulated by our praise. He knows all the deepest intentions of our hearts and loves us still. When we approach God in prayer, with thanksgiving, it is for our benefit. It helps us to be reminded of all God’s goodness to us in the past. Helps us to remember the good God we’re coming to in prayer. This builds our faith in God and His heart towards us. Thanksgiving also puts us in a mode of gratitude. We become focused on God and His character instead of being consumed with our need. As we pray with thanksgiving, we magnify God instead of our challenges. We are reminded of the big God we serve. The trials we face pale in comparison to His power and might. Anxiety fades away as gratitude overshadows doubt and fear.
May we go boldly before the throne of grace, making our requests known with thanksgiving. May the fruit of our lips be praise, even as we ask yet more of God. And may we realize how truly blessed we are even in our need.
Love & Blessings,