Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

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Psalm 136:1-9

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

Give thanks to the God of gods.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who placed the earth among the waters.
His faithful love endures forever.

Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—
His faithful love endures forever.

the sun to rule the day,
His faithful love endures forever.

and the moon and stars to rule the night.
His faithful love endures forever.

The Importance of Prayer

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Our prayer life is of most importance.  It is the most we can do for each other.  A prayer does not need to be filled with big, long “religious” words.  It doesn’t need to be spoken eloquently nor does it need to be lengthy.  It definitely does not need to be a grocery list type thing either.  A prayer can be as simple as, “Jesus, I can’t do it by myself.  Help me please!”

Jesus isn’t looking at how it is spoken or the words we use;  however, He does look at our heart.  It doesn’t matter how long, how many hours we pray;  it’s a matter of what is in your heart.  Is it God’s will you are asking?  Is it fleshly desire?  Are we earnestly seeking Him in our prayers?  Are we truly sorry for what we have done wrong?  Don’t be like the Pharisees, being long-winded and praying for everybody to see and hear.  Be of humble heart, seeking God’s will alone.

Child of God, go to God and ask Him to remove what is not from Him.  Praise Him for who He is.  Ask, with a pure heart, your desires.  Pray for those who need it, and thank Him for what He has done, is doing, and will do.  End your time with Him with a praising and joyful heart.  Then go out, and do what you need to.

Prayer is not talking then waiting for God to do all the work.  No, you must do your part too, whatever that may be.  It is a conversation with your best friend, Jesus!  Prayer is not something we do once a day.  It is a way of life.

Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  –1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

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