With Thanksgiving . . .
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Col 3:15 (KJV)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Phil 4:6 (KJV)
Thanksgiving is the aspect of praise that gives thanks to God for what He does for us. Ideally, thanksgiving should spring from a grateful heart; but it is required of all believers, regardless of their initial attitude.
Being thankful shapes our heart and our thinking so that we can look at the deeper things of God. Thanksgiving leads us into a deeper relationship with God. We can always find something to be thankful for, no matter what may be the burden of our wants, or the special subject of our petitions.
When we pray for the supply of our wants, we may be thankful for that kind providence which has already been extended to us. When we pray for restoration from sickness, we may be thankful for the health we have enjoyed; and for God's merciful hand upon us in the former days of trial, and for his goodness in now sparing our lives. When we pray that our children and friends may be preserved from danger and death, we may remember how often God has beforehand provided miracles to save them. When, oppressed with a sense of sin, we pray for pardon, we have abundant cause of thanksgiving that there is a glorious way by which we may be saved.
We should be grateful to God for all things, but especially for His work of salvation and sanctification. We ought also to thank God in anticipation of His answering our prayers, knowing that His answers will always be in accord with His perfect will for our lives. When I can leave my problems at God’s throne, I can trust in His promise that all things work for my good. God blesses a thankful heart. Through thanksgiving you begin to see how God is working in your life.
A thankful heart gives glory