What could make me classify a particular kind of prayer as the most important kind of prayer when the scriptures don’t?
Hello again, thank you for making out time to feed on the word of righteousness.
Last week, I referred you to a post I made some time ago A Reminder; Thanksgiving and Revelation , to help as a foundation for today’s topic of discussion.
This topic is not directed at making other kinds of prayer look ineffective. All kinds of prayers are effective except that of unbelief. It is only directed at pointing out a particular kind of prayer we do less of or do when we are emotionally overwhelmed… Thanksgiving
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Thanksgiving is a kind of prayer. To me, it is the most important kind of prayer. Just pay attention to the passage of the scripture above. No where in the scriptures does it declare any kind of prayer the will of God for us except the prayer of Thanksgiving.
Listen, to give thanks in all things…all things… requires having understanding by faith. The Bible says “By faith we understand…”. When we have received this faith, we are so full of thanksgiving. Whatever happens, we give thanks. Whatever does not happen, we give thanks because we are filled with faith. For we live by faith and not by sight.
The Lord, in the scriptures, encourages us to pray. Paul and other Apostles one way or the other encourage us to make supplications but in the first letter Thessalonians, we are told what the will of God is concerning everything for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Sadly, Thanksgiving has been taught as a key to getting more. We hear statements like “When someone says thank you, it is an application for more”. It may be true that God gives more when we thank Him but that’s not why we thank Him and should never be taught as the reason. Thanksgiving is not what precedes a physical manifestation, NO Sir!! Thanksgiving is a product of faith and understanding, Amen.
Listen, Thanksgiving is not the part of the prayer that precedes your requests and end the prayer session. Paying attention to the letter to the Philippians, we understand that thanksgiving is not added to prayer. It sometimes is not uttered but it’s spirit goes along with the prayer and supplication.
Philippians 4:6 (KJV)
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Notice the preposition there, it says “with” not “and”. That is worthy of note. Look I don’t believe thanksgiving and faith can be separated. I also noticed that most of the letters of the scriptures where prayer is mentioned, thanksgiving is first mentioned. This happens especially in the introduction of Paul’s letters “I give thanks to God for you, praying that… “. I also observed that Jesus, where the words of His prayers were recorded, they were always prayers of thanksgiving. The one time He had to speak out loud for the sake of the family of Lazarus, He gave thanks and commanded. If not for those people, He would have just commanded but we would have understood that the command was “..with thanksgiving…”, as Philippians says, even if He didn’t utter it.
Every other kind of prayer that is regarded as a prayer of faith must come from the posture of thanksgiving. No other posture but the posture of “Father I thank you because you always hear me”… Glory to God!
Thank you for you for reading today’s post. I know it was pretty simple. I pray it causes you to self-assess your faith and make adjustments in prayer. God bless you.
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Thank you sir, on this teaching “Thanksgiving” it is a key!
More grace sir
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