Are your prayers thankful??

This past week has been a little stressful. Lots of things happening. People moving, things changing. Now, our home is really quiet.
Like most folks, when times get stressful, I am the first one to cry out to God for relief. Whenever something difficult is going on, I find myself in a quiet place, and I present my requests to God. Sometimes when things are really tough, I have even raised my voice to God, just to make sure he hears what I am saying.
Prayer is an amazing thing. Problem is, I tend to forget that it goes both ways.
What do I mean?? Almost every time I pray, I request things from God. Then, just like a bad habit, when he fulfills my request, I NEVER give thanks!!

I clearly take the Lord’s provisions for granted!
Just this week, God blessed me by answering a prayer that I had been praying for at least half a year. I got to watch the person I had been praying for, step into the new season in their life. God abundantly heard me calling out to him.
Yet it took me 3 days to realize, that I had not thanked the Lord for what he was doing! I was just too selfish. I had quickly forgotten how God had moved, and instead, started complaining about the next petty issue I was facing.
David writes in Psalm 9:

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you.

I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

We get so overwhelmed with the situations we face, that we forget to praise the Lord for what he has done in our lives! I thank God that he recently opened my eyes to this.
I have resolved to spend time in the morning on my way to work praising God, and thanking him for What he is doing in this season. As I drive, I listen to some good worship music, and try to focus on his goodness. Sometimes praying in the Spirit as I go. Praying in the Spirit during your private worship time is an intimate experience between you and God, that you don’t get from corporate worship! (I will absolutely be blogging about this in the future!)
Scripture points out that prayer is a powerful weapon. It’s something that God has given us, so that we can be close to him, and communicate with him when we need to. There is no middle man that needs to be involved when you pray. It’s just you and Jesus. But I encourage you, commit some time to thanking him for what he is doing, not only in your life, but in the lives of people you have been praying for. This way of thinking has changed the way I pray, for the better.

1 Chronicles 16:32)NLT)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

What do you think??

Till Next week,

PJ

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