Key Bible Verse: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6, NASB
Dig Deeper: Psalm 100
Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays, especially considering the five “f’s” it includes: faith, family, food, football, and the four-day weekend. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a tough combination to beat.
And talk about positive and upbeat! Pausing to express gratitude for one’s blessings breathes life into anyone’s soul. Even in times of trial and heartache, when it’s most difficult to see life’s glass as half full instead of half empty, stopping to give thanks makes a difference.
Thanksgiving’s such a great holiday—it’s a shame we celebrate it only once a year. Maybe we should change that fact.
Consider again Paul’s words in today’s Key Bible Verse: I see the phrase “with thanksgiving” as a secret that Paul has learned, enabling him to find contentment in spite of his circumstances. Thanksgiving is a critical ingredient.
When we humbly bring ourselves and our requests before God (supplication), we should do that “with thanksgiving.” What a privilege to be able to bring our requests to him, and what a benefit to know that he’ll answer in a way and in a time that are perfect for us. These truths provide us with good reason to give thanks.
—Don Cousins in Unexplainable
My Response: During my prayer times over the next several days, I will consciously thank God for at least one blessing in my life.
Thought to Apply: All our discontents about what we want appear to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.—Daniel Defoe (British writer, journalist)
Adapted from Unexplainable (Cook, 2009).
Thanksgiving Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for providing for my daily needs; help me to find my contentment in you and you alone, so that I might experience the kind of peace that’s unexplainable apart from you.