We suggest you make it the starting point of prayer, before asking Father for His help and provision. Thanksgiving is highly valued by our creator and shows respect, love, and humility. We know this by the many examples of thanksgiving in The Bible and also by the model of prayer that can be seen through the Word of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ gave Thanks every time He prayed
The book of John tells us that Jesus gave thanks to The Father when He prayed for His friend Lazarus to be raised from the dead;
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. – John 11:41-43 KJV
The book of Matthew tells us that Jesus gave thanks to The Father for blessing the last meal He ate with His disciples, before giving His life on the cross at Calvary;
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. – Matthew 26:26-28 KJV
And we see in the book of Mark that when Jesus gave thanks, great miracles happened;
And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people. – Mark 8:6 KJV
When we come to our heavenly Father in prayer we should follow the example of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Give thanks for what You have!
It’s easy sometimes to focus on our shortcomings and forget the great victory we have in Christ. We look at what is lacking in our lives and forget to see the blessing God has brought to our door. Satan loves to see our Father’s children being ungrateful but believers love to remind the evil one that our Father has done so much for His children.
- Thank our Father for His promise to hear your prayer
- Thank our Father for His promise to provide for us
- Thank our Father for His promise to feed us, shelter us, and comfort us
Give thanks and pray often!
The prophet Daniel was a faithful and humble servant of The LORD and gave thanks daily;
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. – Daniel 6:10 KJV