The Power of Thanksgiving and Prayer

The last post focused on Prayer, Praise, and Worship. We learned that giving thanks is part of prayer. This Post is an elaboration on the Power of Prayer and Thanksgiving.

Paul wrote Philippians 4:6 to let us know that our requests are made known to God. “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Paul also shared

If praying was easy, everyone would be doing it. It is important to understand that the war between God and the evil one often takes place in our minds. When I was younger, I thought the battle was in the physical realm, and often it is, but the center of anything that happens in this world originates in the mind of world leaders, governmental officials, family members, friends, associates, bosses, villains, and you. We find ourselves at war in our minds. As believer’s we initially stand fast in pray, unwavering in the Word when our lives are going well, and at odds with ourselves when the prayer is not answered as quickly as we wanted. We begin to question God, we entered the war where the voice of doubt speaks out. This doubt, this darkness, is the stronghold of the evil one. His weapons are the attitudes of wrong thinking, of pride, and carnal thinking in general. They are designed to strip us of our blessings and throw us into sin.

So, what does this have to do with Thanksgiving? Everything! When we pray in faith, we stay in faith. God sends down blessings when we pray. If we pray and doubt, they cancel each other out.  Have you ever prayed and believed, and saw your blessing only to see it deferred? Think back, when did you begin doubting that God has control and started questioning yourself saying (self-talk) maybe God is not going to answer, maybe He did not give me direction, maybe it was just me. It was not you, it was the evil one that is speaking doubt to rob you of your blessings. The key is distinguishing between the Lord’s voice and that of the evil one. One of my favorite scriptures reads –

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27. We must learn His voice, and His voice is the Word which is the sword of the Spirit and part of the Armor of God to protect us against the evil one.

Yesterday we learned that praising the Lord as a way of thanking Him for all He has and will do for us. It is how we petition in praise and acknowledge that He is our Father and will answer us. Giving praise or thanks is how we express acknowledgment and appreciation of Him, His grace, blessings and sovereign work in our lives, and the world. But it is not easy, in fact, it is a battle. 

Most of us have experienced difficulty when praying and giving thanks, especially in times of anxiety. But, as we pray through, we become less anxious because we are letting our requests be made known to God so that He is glorified when answering them.  After our blessing, we should give Him more praise and thanksgiving for answering our prayer.

Now back to our children. We often read Bible Stories with young children and share the Word with older ones, but how often do we dissect the scripture to explain how to apply it in their lives? Young people are smart. If we explain to our youth that praise and thanksgiving are a way to acknowledge our Lord, and through praise and thanksgiving a relationship and bond is established between the Lord and them, most would become avid practitioners of praise and thanksgiving. They would begin to understand the formula we have been given to pray and receive God’s blessings. 

In general, people do not understand their relationship with God in real-time. They feel that the Bible was about people during its time of writing and does not pertain to us today. How wrong can we be? Our children deserve training to become Young Christian Warriors. His Words are our sword, part of the Armor of God.  Praying back His Word to Him and thanking Him for all He has done provides a sense of calm, diminishes anxiety, and protects from the world.

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I just listened to John Hagee, Scriptures on Healing at https://youtu.be/9qxfyyYDF58.

Take a listen, he is one of the worlds most dynamic healers. John is the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church, San Antonio, Texas. Website – www.jhm.org

God’s Divine Influence

Good Morning,

I’m reading a good book and want to share an excerpt. It is in line with my theme, inspiring our children to live the Word of God. It is about God’s Divine Influence.

 

Our children look to us for guidance, especially spiritual guidance. Once we delve into the Word and practice living out the Word, we can inspire them to do the same, and they will live a more fulfilled and dynamic childhood than we did. 

 

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[The Anna Anointing Devotional Plan Excerpt by Michelle McClain-Walters. You Version, Bible.com. (Book-Charisma House, 2017)].

We were made for God! God loves us and wants to spend time with us. He is a loving Father and loves to hear the human voice in worship and prayer.

God has created us all for His glory. Our hands, feet, and mouths were formed and fashioned to minister to the Lord. We were created for the pleasure of the Lord. The major reason we exist is to bless the Lord. We must endeavor to live lives that glorify Him now and forever. This is a powerful concept to grasp. God gives everyone the power to choose, but we will be held accountable for how we spend our time.

Find out what you are called to do, and do it with all your might, remembering it all starts with ministering to the Lord. He created us because He loved us. It was always God’s plan to have a royal priesthood and holy nation who would stand before Him to worship His holy name.

If you’re facing confusion regarding who you are and what you’re designed to do with your life, try ministering to the Lord. Spend time declaring His name and your love for Him. Remember you are His bride. Just as He did for Anna, He will show you the path of life. (Rev 4:11)

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As parents, it is our God-given duty (and job) to prepare our children to live a Godly life. A  life divinely influenced and inspired by the Word of God.