We can thank God first, in every situation, because every problem we encounter comes with His provision attached to it. God has a plan and a purpose for us; He says that everything works together for those who love Him. That promise is a deep well of provision for us. Whatever calamity life throws at us, God can use it for our blessing and our benefit.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose,” Paul wrote in Romans 8:28. It is that attribute of God’s nature that makes it so critical for us to come to a place of thanksgiving.
By entering His presence in the midst of our problem, He can act on our behalf. Our heart may be all over the place, but there is a central place of truth where we gather — in the goodness of God.
“Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms,” David sang in Psalm 95:2. At all times, we need to rejoice, praying something like this: “Thank You that You are with me in this. I don’t know how You’re going to work it out, but I know that You’re with me because You said You would be, and that’s enough for me. I don’t have to feel Your presence, Your word is enough. Thank You.”
Gratitude is the bedrock of our life and worship.
Often we fail to worship during the week, thinking Sundays or conferences are our time to worship. But worship is a part of every-day life. When we come before God, we must be thankful. We need to practice being grateful a lot more than we do. What are Christians supposed to sound like on Earth? Our voices should be heard, at all times, worshiping God. If our worship is built on a foundation of thankfulness, we must have a vision and a passion to be grateful. We also need a plan, for vision without strategy is just wishful thinking. We need to plan to enter God’s presence with our thanksgiving, not our prayer. “Thank you Lord. I don’t know how You’re going to work this thing out but I know you will. I praise You. I worship You.” And once we’ve come into His presence, we need to be still and listen to the heart of God.
Practical Application: Thanksgiving is step 1 to crafting a prayer —
- Be thankful to God for His promises towards you (Jeremiah 29:11–14).
- Be thankful to God for what He has already done (Philippians 4:4–7).
- Begin to worship God as your thanksgiving brings you into His presence (Psalm 100).
- Come to a place of stillness inside — prepare your heart to listen to God (Psalm 46).
- Clarify and simplify the current area for crafted prayer.
- Ask the Lord to show you what He wants to accomplish first in the situation, and second, in you through this time.
- Seek to discover what the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are praying for this situation (Hebrews 7:23–25 and Romans 8:22–30).
- Gather the thoughts and words that God gives you. Write them down.
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