“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A Thankful Life (Week Three)!
“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:19-20 (NIV)
Giving thanks really ought to be a lifestyle for God’s children every day that we live. Our level of thankfulness will say a lot to the people around us who need to know of the hope that is found in Jesus. And I might add, the genuineness or lack thereof of our thankfulness will be noticed by many who are watching. We all go through struggles that test our faith and we may endure things that no one would be thankful for, but it can be in those times that finding ways to give thanks anyway can speak volumes to others. As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine your current level of thankfulness. Pray that you would always look for reasons to give thanks and that you would learn to give thanks even when the reasons seem hidden. Pray that your faith would grow as you daily practice an attitude of gratitude in your relationships with one another and with God. Pray that you would find ways to express your thanks to those who need to hear it.
“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 Through Sacrificial Offerings. Pray that the offering of yourself and your possessions to God would be done with a thankful heart. Pray that your promises to God would be fulfilled as you give sacrificially. Pray for a growing generosity that reflects a growing thankfulness in your life. “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High.” Psalm 50:14 (NIV)
Tuesday: Give Thanks Through Singing. Pray that you would learn to express your thanks to God through the songs you sing, whether sung privately or publicly. Pray that God’s name would be lifted up through the music you listen to as well as through the music you share with others. Pray for a spirit of thankfulness that is expressed. “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.” Psalm 69:30 (NIV)
Wednesday: Give Thanks For What the Lord Has Done. Pray that you would pay attention to what God has done in your life so that you would give Him thanks for doing so. Pray that you would use every opportunity you have to thank the Lord so that the people around you would know of His great work. “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” Psalm 105:1 (NIV)
Thursday: Give Thanks Which Glorifies God. Pray that you would live in such a way that your life would lead to an overflowing of thanksgiving which brings glory to God. Pray that you would know God’s grace and willingly share it with others so that they too would have a reason to be thankful. “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)
Friday: Give Thanks For One Another. Pray that you would learn to be thankful for the people God brings into your life. Pray that your thankfulness for one another would lead you to always remember them in prayer. Pray about how God would have you express your thankfulness for others to them as well as to Him. “We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.” 1 Thessalonians 1:2 (NIV)
Saturday: Give Thanks In All Circumstances. Pray that you would look for reasons to be thankful in each and ever circumstance you face. Pray that your desire to be within the will of God would lead you to be a more thankful person. Pray for a spirit of joy as you grow in thankfulness. “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)