We’ll go back to the Hour of Prayer and enter the 8th segment on our clock, Thanksgiving!
- Praise: Can we pray one hour?
- Praise: Growing our praise time
- Praise: Praising God for Creation
- Praise: Praising God our Father
- Praise: Praising God our King
- Waiting: Waiting on the Lord
- Waiting: Waiting on His Timing
- Waiting: Waiting on His Will
- Waiting: Waiting on His Peace
- Waiting: Waiting on His Authority
- Confession: Returning to Effective Prayer
- Confession: Confession brings Mercy
- Confession: Self-Interrogation
- Confession: Sins against Others
- Confession: Psalm 51
- Scripture: Praying Scripture Prayers
- Scripture: Why & How
- Scripture: Claiming Authority
- Scripture: Praying Scripture Promises
- Scripture: Praying like David
- Watching: Jesus calls us to watch
- Watching: Robert Murray M’Cheyne
- Watching: Watching for Wisdom
- Watching: The Watch of the LORD
- Watching: The Watchman on the Wall
- Intercession: Praying for Government Officials
- Intercession: Praying for Others
- Intercession: Brethren, Pray for us
- Intercession: Praying for Enemies
- Intercession: Praying for the Persecuted
- Petition: The Prerequisite for Personal Prayer Requests
- Petition: The Answer to Worry
- Petition: Petition for Wisdom
- Petition: What about the Doldrums?
- Petition: Put off and put on
It’s not just a day on the calendar, it’s a way of life! The Bible calls us to Thanksgiving:
Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name
2 Samuel 22:50
Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
1 Chronicles 16:8
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
1 Chronicles 16:35
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
We’ll quote more versese tomorrow – but how can we give thanks?
In 1675, Isaac Newton said “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” No man is an island – we are the result of the people we come into contact with. As has been said, the only two things that are eternal is God’s Word and peoples’ souls – and we come into contact with both every day.
Let’s start by giving thanks for the people blessings He sends us:
- Our spouse
- Our spouse’s parents
- Our parents
- Our grandparents
- Our siblings
- Our children
- Our grandchildren
- Our pastor and his wife
- Our Sunday School teacher
- Our children’s teachers
- Our deacons/elders
- Our Bible study brethren
- Friends who have steered us the right direction
- Friends who have prayed for us
- Friends who have encourage us
- Our neighbors
- Our co-workers
- Our church office staff
- Our teachers in the past
- Mentors and coaches
- Our boss at work
(P.S. I have a tendency to quick get fast food for lunch – one year I set a goal to not eat lunch alone, but to have lunch with someone – using my time to bless others!)