“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”
When a lot of people think about prayer, they imagine themselves asking God for things. But prayer is much more than that. I truly believe that 90% of a believer’s prayers should be thanksgiving.
When you think about salvation, you cannot but give thanks. When you remember Christ’s sacrifice for your sins, his resurrection for justification, the fact that you died and were raised with him, it should inspire thanksgiving in you. When you think of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, you cannot but give thanks. When you think about an eternity with the Father, you cannot but give thanks. When you think about the violent entry of souls (relatives, friends, colleagues) into Kingdom, you cannot but give thanks. What of spiritual gifts? The fact that you can pray in the language of the spirit, lay your hands on the sick and see them healed? Words of wisdom, prophecy, interpretation of tongues? That’s a lot to be thankful for.
Even when things aren’t going your way, the things listed above are not temporal. The Holy Spirit will never leave you, your citizenship is in heaven. You can give thanks because your hope is eternal.
The words of G.K Chesterton always come to mind. He said that the worst moment for an atheist is when he is really thankful and has no one to thank. But the reverse is the case for the believer. We always with gladdened hearts have our Father to thank for all things. As you pray today, let thanksgiving find expression!