Topic: What Will Thanksgiving Do?
Appreciation for what God did before is qualification for what God will do again.
SCRIPTURE: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matthew 6:9.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Appreciation of what God did before, is qualification for what He will do again.
Prayer, as we have seen from our previous studies, is not just an avenue for petition and supplication but a platform for adoration and submission to God. This is why prayer is the platform for the offering of thanks, praise and worship to God (Matthew 6:9). Prayer is not only a place to approach God for what He can do; it is also a place to approach God in appreciation and celebration of Who He is.
Now, we shall look at what thanksgiving, praise and worship to God will achieve at the place of prayer:
Appreciation for what He did before is qualification for what He will do again.
Appreciation for what God did before is qualification for what God will do again. Psalms 103:1-2 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits”. Appreciation for the past sets the pace for manifestation in the future. As David appreciated God for his deliverance from the lion and the bear, he was delivered from Goliath (1 Samuel 17:34-50). Appreciation of what He did before is qualification for what He will do again.
Celebrating His character in praise is attracting His Presence.
When you celebrate His character in praise, you attract His Presence. This is because His praise is His house. There are people who live in Diamond or Gold houses; others live in Glass houses but God lives in praise (Ps. 22:3). So, those who know how to praise God have the capacity to both connect and sustain His Presence.
Submission in worship guarantees the manifestation of His Almightiness.
At the place of worship, we prostrate, submit and bow before God. When we submit to Him in worship, we experience His Almightiness. In Acts 16:25-26, Paul and Silas, in prison, praised and worshipped, and God the Almighty showed up. Therefore, make the choice to worship Him in order to experience His Almightiness in your life.
Remember this: Appreciation for what God did before is qualification for what He will do again.
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Appreciate God for what He did before in your life in order to access what He will do again.
Celebrate His Character in order to attract His Presence.
Submit to Him in worship to provoke His Almightiness.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive the grace to appreciate You for what You have done. I celebrate Your Character and submit to You in worship, Lord in Jesus’ Name.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Psalm 100-102.
QUOTE: Gratitude is the attitude of great altitude. In other words, nothing takes you up like gratitude. Culled from “21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO” by Dr Paul Enenche.
AMAZING FACT: Christianity is at the moment the largest religion in the world. According to the Pew Research Centre, in 2015, 31% of the world’s population is Christian. It means that about 2.3 billion people around the world identify themselves as Christians.