Scripture: “Give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
What have you had to give up in order to be a Christian? Have you lost any friends because you’re a believer? What about your job? Are your children barred from getting an education because your family goes to church regularly? Have your parents disowned you because you follow Christ?
A wealthy native of India came to faith in Christ. Almost immediately after becoming a Christian, all that he owned was taken from him, and his wife and children would no longer have anything to do with him. He was asked how he could bear these losses. He replied that many people had asked him that question, but that none had asked how he could bear his joys. Certainly, this man found his joy in Christ and found reason to be thankful. Those who belong to Christ always have a reason for gratitude, for, with Christ, we have everything while, apart from him, we are destitute. The Apostle Paul tells us to let Christ’s peace reign in our hearts “And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
Too often, when we pray we put an agenda before God. We tell him what we want him to take care of: find that person a job, heal that other person, solve our money problems, and keep our kids safe. We add our thanks as an afterthought. Try spending your whole prayer time offering thanks. The Bible tells us, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). As his stewards, we humbly and joyfully give him thanks.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to express my gratitude to you by what I say and do. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.