We’re looking at the eighth way we can pray for an hour each day, Thanksgiving!
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
Salvation is cause for Thanksgiving! Thank God for saving you from the power of sin and death and hell!
Salvation from heathen attacks is also a great occasion for Thanksgiving. Often times we cry with the Psalmist:
Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
We ask God for deliverance and yet forget to praise him for His aid. Has God delivered you from a slanderous attack by a coworker, an unfair accusation from a neighbor, a jealous supposed friend? A motorist blaming you for the car wreck? A former employee filing a frivolous claim? A bureaucrat relentlessly harassing your company? A neighbor complaining to the city about your actions? An ex-parishioner gossiping about your pastor.
Right now I’m thinking back to multiple situations where God has miraculously delivered me – and I’m giving thanks to Him for His salvation.
I had a friend ask me what to do about a situation where he was short changed by several hundred dollars. I suggested letting God handle it. God blessed him when he gave it to the Lord.
I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.