The Art of Thankfulness
Day Six – January 13, 2018
I want to close this week’s devotional time on prayer and fasting with one final thought. About fifteen years ago, I met a gentleman for lunch at a local restaurant. I don’t remember the reason for our meeting, but I do remember something he said in our conversation that really stuck with me. His words went like this, “I see the direct proportion of a man’s success uniquely related to his heart of thankfulness.” He was basically stating that the most successful people are people who are thankful for what they have and realize that it came from someone other than themselves.
This past week we have parked in Philippians 4. Paul is teaching us how to live without worry by living in close contact with Jesus Christ. He closes his thoughts with this.
“. . . ask God for whatever you need, but always do it with thanksgiving, asking him with a thankful heart for all he’s done.” Philippians 4:6c
As you lift your needs up to God, lift them up with a heart of thanksgiving. Think about all that He has done in your life. Even in the time of your greatest need, those needs are often found in places of greatest blessings. If you are praying for a wayward child, you have been blessed to have that child. If you are praying for health, you have most likely been blessed with many times of good health. If you are praying for a financial need, you can give thanks for the many times that God has met your financial need.
I love our children, and I would, within my power, give them anything they needed in life. But when I have done that, they never fail to thank me. They do not take me for granted. That only makes me want to give more.
Do you take time to thank your Heavenly Father for the many gifts He has given to you? It would mean so much to Him if you did that. And it would open up more blessings to you.