Prayer of Thanksgiving
Offer to God thanksgiving, And pay your vows to the Most High. (Psalm 50: 14)
Christian gratitude is produced when we think of how dependent we are, how unworthy we are, and how favored we are.
First, how dependent we are! It is not by accident that Thanksgiving comes after harvest. Thanksgiving is offered after the toil and labor , after the plowed fields, after the golden harvest. It teaches us that we, as creatures of the earth, are dependent upon the divine promise found in Genesis 8: 22 (KJV), While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease . Sad to say that some people work the year ‘round with no consideration of the fact that season by season, day by day, they are dependent upon God’s promise and power.
Secondly, how unworthy we are! As rebels in God’s world, we have broken His law, defied His authority and sought to make God like us. Why should the Sovereign of the universe bear with the human race any longer? Why should He not wipe out the earth in judgment?
Third, how favored we are! God has not only patiently stayed with us, but He also offers us pardon and peace. He appeals to mankind to be reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ. So, in addition to the blessings in the natural world, we are recipients of His justifying grace and His pardoning mercy. Truly we can say with Jacob of old, I am not worthy the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which Thou has showed Thy servant… (Genesis 32: 10 KJV).
You and I are approaching another Thanksgiving season. Much of the thanksgiving will be on the surface, even superficial. May ours be sincere and spiritual! May we offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving in sincerity and in truth. May we pray, “Lord, Thou hast given us so much; give us one more thing – a thankful heart!” Rev. John Hibbard is the morning Colony of Mercy Sunday morning Chapel Bible Teacher
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Quote of the day: Ordinary work, which is what most of us do most of the time, is ordained by God every bit as much as is the extraordinary. Elisabeth Elliot
Verse to Memorize: For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:22-23 ESV