“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A Thankful Life (Week One)!
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
As we approach the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday later this month, our prayer focus for the next few weeks will take another look at some of our previous prayer guides on giving thanks. As with all of these prayer guides, this is not something that we should pray about for a week or so and then dismiss. God’s desire is that we give thanks in all circumstances at all times. Giving thanks shows our appreciation not only for what God has done, but for what He is doing and what He will do. This week we will focus each day on something different the Bible says God’s people should give thanks for. As you pray, examine your typical level of thankfulness and ask God to help you grow in gratitude. Pray that you would grow in a godly reputation of being a thankful person. Pray that you would be diligent about looking for things to be thankful for in all circumstances. Pray that the life you live would be reason for others to be thankful.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
Please pray each day for a life that expresses genuine thankfulness.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church. Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Give Thanks for God’s Righteousness. Pray that you would be thankful because of the righteous work of God in Jesus. Pray that God’s righteousness would fill you with a gratitude that leads to praise. Pray that others would thank God for His righteousness. “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.” Psalm 7:17 (NIV)
Tuesday: Give Thanks for God’s Presence. Pray that you would live with an awareness of God’s presence at all times. Pray that the work of God in your life would make you thankful for His presence. Pray that the people around you would be thankful for the presence of God they see in you. “We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 75:1 (NIV)
Wednesday: Give Thanks for God’s Goodness. Pray that you would both receive and acknowledge God’s goodness in your life. Pray that thankfulness would always be your response to God’s goodness and love. Pray that your life would help others to see and know the goodness of God that endures forever. “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1 (NIV)
Thursday: Give Thanks for a Kingdom Inheritance. Pray that you would be filled with gratitude as you consider how God has qualified you for an eternal inheritance. Pray that you would be thankful for all those who will share in this inheritance. Pray that others would be thankful that it is God who qualifies them for His kingdom. “Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:12 (NIV)
Friday: Give Thanks for the Work God Gives You. Pray that you would recognize God’s hand in providing with the opportunities for all you do. Pray that you would be thankful for every word and deed that God allows you to do through Jesus. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
Saturday: Give Thanks for Everyone. Pray that you would find ways to follow God’s instruction to be thankful for everyone. Pray that your level of thankfulness would contribute greatly to a peaceful and quiet life. Pray that your life in Christ would be lived so that others are thankful for you. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.” 1 Timothy 2:1 (NIV)