Shared June 26th, 2014
Beloved of the Lord
“Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
In Part 1, I exhorted you to read 2 Corinthians 4. Did you? I also ended with some questions, including: instead of complaining about what you do not have or what it is that you cannot have, why don’t you think about, and be grateful for what you have and own and which everyone else may be lacking?
Further, think about these. Before you utter a mean and unkind word, think first; think of someone who is mute and can’t speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food, think of someone who has nothing to eat. Are you single? Don’t complain about being unmarried. Are you complaining about your husband or wife? Why did you get married? Also, consider those who are crying out to God for a spouse. Are you complaining about your children? If you can’t think of anyone who’s trying to have children but is barren, then remember King David’s wife Michal. She died barren and childless, according to 2 Samuel 6:14-23.
Are you complaining about traffic? Look out your car window at those waiting in the sweltering heat or bone-chilling cold for the bus or, those walking the same distance that you are going, but barefooted (okay maybe they have on flip-flops). Are you still complaining about your job? Have you forgotten about how hard you were praying for a job? Or, think of those who just got laid off because of the economic “downturn”. Did you say “Our house is too small”? First, think of the sans abri, the homeless. Am I making sense here?
Are you complaining of a broken heart? Be thankful for every single beat of that broken heart because while the pain is a reminder that you are alive, someone sick and dying would love to trade places with you. Be thankful that you have the strength to soldier on.
Before the “Proposed prayer,” why not consider this, that “As a child of the King, I am blessed with everything I need. However, I am working seriously towards everything I want so I can share with those around me who are in need. But most of all, I appreciate who I am and I am grateful to God for all His provision.
Proposed prayer: “Heavenly Father, being grateful is important to You and You have expressed that in Your Word. I want to be able to show my appreciation and thankfulness for all that comes my way even when I don’t feel like it. Though I may not see it, there is so much for me to be grateful to You for but sometimes, I fail to do so on account of my many blessings. Please do forgive me for not thanking You. From now, I want to be grateful for every little thing so please teach me to say “Thank you” for Your glory and for hearing and answering my prayers, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Have a very wonderful weekend.