Forgiveness is often difficult, but it is possible. It is a decision to be made and one for which we must ask God for help. Thank God for His forgiveness today. Thank Him for offering forgiveness through the shedding of His son's precious blood. Thank Him for helping you forgive in times past when you didn't want to, when you didn't feel like it. Take this moment to ask Him to search your heart for any unforgiveness you may have that He would reveal it to you. Pray He would help you forgive those who have hurt you so that your spiritual wounds might finally heal.
Matthew 6:15, Luke 17:4, Acts 2:38
Are you gifted in leading praise and worship? Maybe you're more of a behind-the-scenes person who sends cards of encouragement? Maybe you're doubting you have a gift. Rest assured that He has given each and every one of us unique, fruit-bearing gifts to use in His service. Each of us has something within us. He will use for His glory and as a part of His plan for us. Thank Him for your specific gifts, even if He's not revealed them to you as of yet. Trust He will do so, and thank Him in advance for revealing it to you at the right time. Express your gratitude to Him for the gifts others use to minister to you. Ask Him to help you always use your gifts not for yourself but for His glory.
- 1 Peter 4:10, 1 Corinthians 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 14:26
Though some things we are in need of may seem unattainable, so far beyond anything anyone can do, with God all things are possible. Thank Him for knowing your every need. Thank Him in advance for delivering you, comforting you, and providing for you in a way no other can. Thank Him for meeting your needs of shelter, food, clothing, warmth, and clean water. Pray that He would show you how you can fill a need for someone else. Ask Him to do a work in your life so tremendous that those around you can only say, "This is surely because of God."
Philippians 4:19, Matthew 19:26, Psalm 34:10, Matthew 6:25-26.
What a privilege we have to carry everything in prayer to our God - our hopes, dreams, worries, fears, burdens, petitions, and heartaches. Prayer is so needed and so important that Romans tells us the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf in accordance to His will when we're unsure of what to pray. Tell God how thankful you are that He turns His ear toward you. /thank Him for being there for you every waking minute, ready for you to commune with Him. ?Ask for prayer to become a bigger part of your life, and that He would help you approach Him with confidence and reverence.
Psalm 34:15-18, Philippians 4:6, Matthew 7:7-8, Romans 8:26-27
Some days it can be hard to feel thankful when there's a cranky kid, 13 loads of dirty clothes, a kitchen that looks like a crime scene, and a busted radiator. But no matter the setbacks and aggravations, and no matter how we feel, one think remains the same - He is present in the trials we face. Even the smallest of trials do not go unnoticed by Him. Thank Him for the hard stuff. Thank Him for using these things to strengthen your dependency on Him and your faith in Him. Pray for trust in Him on the hardest of days and keep praises on your lips.
Isaiah 55:8-9, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, James 1:2-4
Godly wisdom is vital in our walk with Christ and with others. In fact, the book of Proverbs refers to wisdom as "the principal thing." Take time to thank God for His wisdom, guidance, and direction in our lives. We are so blessed to be able to consult Him. His Word - to direct our paths and help us get tot he end of our journey here on Earth with a few regrets as possible. Pray you would be sensitive to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit in your decisions, great and small.
- Psalm 32:8, Proverbs 4:7
It's patient. It's kind. It's forgiving. It's altruistic. It protects. It give generously. It is the greatest of all. It is LOVE. Love that lights up the darkness, gives hope to the hopeless. Love that changes lives and saves souls. God IS love. Thank God today for His enduring, undying love for you. Thank God for loving you so much that He sent His Son to die in your stead. Pray He would help you love as He loves, even those who are hardest to love.
Psalm 136, Psalm 137:1, 1 Corinthians 13, John 3:16, I John 4:8
Can you think of a time when He's seen you through? Is there a time when there seemed to be no way, but God came through and made a way? Thank Him for His faithfulness. Thank Him for His love for you. Thank Him for all things being possible with Him. Pray that He would continue to faithfully see you through and encourage you to stay strong, trusting in the faithful Father.
Psalm 36:5, Psalm 86:15, Matthew 19:26
Church provides encouragement, corporate worship, and the opportunity to connect with others who share our beliefs. How blessed we are to be able to assemble together in His name. Thank God for allowing you the freedom to worship together with other believers, to gather together in His name. Pray that He would continue to bless your pastor and staff with integrity and wisdom and guide them as they lead His church to further the cause of Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 14:26, Titus 1:509, Hebrews 10:25
HIS PERFECT TIMING
Sometimes an attitude of thanksgiving is difficult to maintain when life is so hard, and we see others being blessed while we're still waiting for our own blessing. Butt God has a specific plan for your life, and it's a good plan. No matter how it looks, He's always working behind the scenes. Thank Him for His divine plan. Thank Him for his perfect timing. Thank Him for wanting the best for you. Pray that He would help you trust Him more. Ask Him to help you wait patiently as He works it all out for good.
Romans 8:28, Colossians 3:12