Thanks, gratitude, and appreciation are all words that come to mind around this time of the year. Actually, every day should be a day of thanksgiving; God has been good to me and I know that He has been good to you as well. All we need to do is look back over our lives and see His favor and grace that has sustained us. His love endures forever.
In I Corinthians 15:57-58, you will find the following words…
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
In I Thessalonians 5:16-18, you will find the following words…
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I remember living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was cold during the winter and relatively warm/ hot in the summer. I lived, worked, and worshipped in the city of Minneapolis. In fact, my church, New Salem was right across the street from my three bedroom house. Being able to walk across the street to the church was very convenient and I loved it.
On Wednesdays, I would attend a weekly Bible Study. I always loved attending Bible Study because it would give me more “WORD” in order to make it through the week. This particular Wednesday, Pastor McAfee was talking and teaching about prayer. He encouraged us to write a constructed prayer. After Bible Study, I went home and began working on my prayer. This is what I came up with and thought that it would be fitting to share at this time.
My Constructed Prayer
New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dear Heavenly and most gracious Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus thanking you for allowing me to see another day.
Lord, I thank you for your mercies that are fresh and new each and every morning. Lord, I thank you because you have made me the head and not the tail; I am above and not beneath, and for that, I thank you. (Deut. 28:13)
Father, I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: (Psalm 139:14 ) Father God, I am confident of this one thing; that He who has begun a good work in me will perform it until the coming of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 1:6 )
And for that, I praise you.
Father, I thank you for your Word, because there is life in your Word; there is power in your Word. Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalm 19:105 )
Father, it is written in your Word that no weapon formed against me shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17 ) I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus who loved me (Romans 8:37 ) and that greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. (I John 4:4 )
God, I know that you are bigger than any circumstance or situation that I may find myself in. And that though he slay me, yet will I trust in you. (Job 13:15 ) Your Word says that all things work together for good to them that love You, to them who are called according to Your purpose. (Romans 8:28 ) I believe Your Word; Your Word is truth, and I will stand on it.
Dear Jesus, I love You. I praise You. I magnify Your Holy and righteous name. And because of my love for You, I will bless You at all times and your praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 43:1 )
In the matchless name of Jesus, I pray, AMEN!
What is your prayer of thanksgiving? Take some time to construct a prayer of thanksgiving. Let’s thank Him each and every day! He’s WORTHY!