Praying with Thankfulness

“…in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

(Philippians 4:6b)

Have you ever considered why we are told in this scripture to present our requests “with thanksgiving?” It seems a slightly odd concept in our culture; isn’t it usual to say thank you after the fact, not in anticipation of an answered request? In part 2 of this short series on prayer, here are a few thoughts on why we pray with thankfulness.

It Shifts our Focus

A thankfulness attitude is an amazing mood changer. When we are deliberate and purposeful in our thanksgiving towards God, despite what our emotions are telling us in the moment, our focus begins to shift from what we don’t have to what we do have. In this simple act of thankfulness we say to ourselves, to those around us, and to God, that we choose to trust God.

It Strengthens Our Faith

Thankfulness builds and strengthens our faith. When we pray with thankfulness, we remind our own hearts of the truth that God really is able to help us, that His nature is good, kind, gracious, loving; and that He is willing to help us.

God wouldn’t tell us to pray if He were not a God who answers prayer.

It Reminds us of Who is in Control

God knows us completely. We thank Him when we pray because we know that He will answer our prayers in the way that is truly for our best. No one knows us better than He does, so if He answers in way that is different than we expected, we thank Him because we trust that our lives could not be in safer hands than the All Powerful one who knows all, and sees all!

Thankfulness Restores Peace

Being thankful helps us to have the peace and joy our Father intends for us, rather than fear and anxiety.

As we pray, filled with thankfulness, anxiety is replaced by the peace that only God can bring, as verse 7 tells us: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Jill 💜

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I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

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