Did you know we are called to be faithful in prayer? (Romans 12:12). And that Paul tells us to pray without ceasing? (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17). If we are going to live out a life of thankfulness I believe prayer is going to be a key component to that. How would our days look if we started each morning by giving thanks to God for just one thing, big or small, He’s done in our lives? I think it could lead to an attitude change, a heart change, and who knows it could eventually change the world!
That sounds all good and well and exciting for sure, but how do we get there? There are some mornings I wake up and don’t feel thankful or wish I could stay in bed instead of face the day. It’s in those days that I mutter off a thank you for a new day. Sometimes it helps, sometimes I still stay in bed, but it’s a posture that I am learning to create. A posture that reminds me that I am not my own and everything I have, even when it feels “blah” or hard, is a gift from God.
It all comes down to a choice; I can choose to give thanks and keep an ongoing conversation with God throughout the day or I can be grumpy, resentful, or just plain miserable and wallow in it with a “woe is me” attitude and exclude God.
We see this a lot throughout the Psalms. David, especially, starts out several songs wondering where God is or why He hasn’t intervened yet, but in the end he is always choosing to praise the Lord and be thankful for however the Lord decided to move. It’s not something that is going to come naturally by any means, but I do believe that if we foster an environment of thanksgiving in our prayers then it will turn into our natural response over time.
Again, Paul reminds us that in every situation we are to present our requests to God with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). It’s like prayer and thankfulness go hand in hand. You can do one without the either, but pairing them together, having that continuous open conversation with the Lord, just makes sense. It could lead us into a deeper conversation with the Lord, allowing Him room to heal us or show us things within us that aren’t pleasing to Him, or even showing us more of who He is.
Chloë talked about thanksgiving last week and had some great ideas with how to get started; starting a journal and allowing that to give you the space to be thinking of things you are thankful for. I encourage you to be doing that, creating time in your day to stop and just give thanks to the One who gave it all for you. We may not always be thankful when things are hard, but that’s when we can be thankful for the season we’re in because of the growth we know it’ll bring. Let us be women who are joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer, and rejoicing always!