How to Pray: Thanksgiving

We’re doing away with wish-list prayers one step at a time. So far, we’ve looked at adoration, or praising God, and confession, or asking forgiveness for our sins.

Today I want to look at the last of these non-wish-list prayers, and that is thanksgiving. (Next week we’ll look at the wish-list prayers themselves.)

What is Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is literally giving thanks to God for all of the gifts he’s given you. It’s pretty straightforward, but it’s one of those things that can be really hard to remember to do.

It can be as simple as “Thank you for this beautiful day, Lord” or as complicated as a list you keep of God’s gifts to you.

Why is Thanksgiving Important?

Thanksgiving is important because God has given you so much. Without Him, you would have nothing good in your life. Nothing.

It helps you stop focusing on what you want and focus on how much He has given you already. It reminds you that God doesn’t owe you anything, that He has already blessed you far beyond what you deserve. It gets rid of grudges toward God when He doesn’t answer your other prayers.

Cultivating a thankful mindset is so important. It doesn’t come naturally, but when you get in the habit you’ll find yourself thanking God silently for things all throughout the day.

How to Include Thanksgiving In Your Prayer Time

The best way to do this is to keep a journal specifically devoted to listing things you’re thankful for. You can try writing in it as you think of things, but I would suggest trying to write down two or three things every night before you go to sleep, as you’re reflecting on your day. That way you won’t forget.

You should also just sprinkle these little prayers throughout your day. Whenever you feel thankful for something, pray a silent prayer of thanks to God. Let this become a habit, and you will be surprised at how much more positive your life will seem.

love, grace

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