Prayers of thankfulness are like the seeds that grow trust in our garden of faith. The more we are thankful, the more evident are God’s goodness, blessings, and control in our lives. As we trust Him, the more visible it becomes to us that God actually has our best interests at heart. Paul mastered being thankful in the good times and the bad, as he wrote, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV). As we grow in our thankfulness and trust, we can peacefully rest in the knowledge that God is in control. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV). Even if you’re in the middle of great difficulty, try to find something to be thankful for and begin growing your trust in God. Soon you will yield a bountiful harvest.
Read: Philippians 4:12-13; Psalm 139:8-10; Psalm 85:12
Verse of the week: “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8 (NIV)