Pray Like a Warrior
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“Always be joyful and never stop praying. Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 CEV
We are commanded by God to pray with thanksgiving – not just when we feel like it, but as an act of our will and obedience. This reminds me of being a kid when my dad would nudge me to thank my mom for dinner, as I was pinching my nose with each bite in a dramatic effort to make the brussels sprouts on my plate disappear. We are to thank God for the good, for the unknown, for the difficult, for the critical decisions we are facing, for the challenging relationships or circumstances, and even for brussels sprouts!
We are able to take the focus off our problems and put it on to who God really is when we actively and proactively give thanks to Him. A heart posture of thanksgiving to the Lord changes our perspective and gives us peace.
My friend recently learned she has a health issue and requires surgery. Up until now, she has enjoyed good health overall for all of her life. She could focus on the unknown of what is to come concerning her health, but instead she is choosing to focus on who God has been and still is – her merciful and faithful Provider. She is acknowledging and giving thanks to God for all of the years she has been blessed with good health. She is offering Him her prayer of thanksgiving for being under His faithful care as she trusts Him with what is to come. I can just imagine the peace of Jesus this perspective brings.
For which circumstances in your life do you need to develop a heart posture of thanksgiving to God? What are areas where you can proactively give thanks to God?
“Lift up a great shout of joy to the Lord! Go ahead and do it—everyone, everywhere! As you serve him, be glad and worship him. Sing your way into his presence with joy! And realize what this really means— we have the privilege of worshiping the Lord our God. For he is our Creator and we belong to him. We are the people of his pleasure. You can pass through his open gates with the password of praise. Come right into his presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to him and affectionately bless his beautiful name! For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you. He’s so loving that it will amaze you— so kind that it will astound you! And he is famous for his faithfulness toward all. Everyone knows our God can be trusted, for he keeps his promises to every generation!”
Psalm 100 TPT
By: Jonie Buckley
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.