“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6
“Thank You” is one of the most powerful phrases in the world.
Giving our gratitude is simple, and yet most of us aren’t very good at it. I think the reasons why include our own selfishness, our busyness and the fact that we’re often too preoccupied with all the stuff that we think we need that we forget to give thanks for all that we already have. The Bible is clear that in all circumstances, we should give thanks. That means regardless of our circumstances we always have a reason to be thankful!
Below is a famous story from the Bible which illustrates Jesus’ miraculous power, while also showing the power of saying “Thank You.” I’ve put some additional points in bold to help you apply these Biblical principles to your own life.
“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosymet him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” Luke 17: 11-13
To Experience the Miraculous, we must admit Christ’s Great Power and our Great Need.
“When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.” One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.” Luke 17:14-16
Don’t just ask God to Bless You, look for ways to Bless God.
“Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:17-19
God Blesses those who choose an Attitude of Gratitude.
Maybe you already possess a grateful heart and you’re constantly thanking God for all the good He has done in your life, but if you are like most of us, you can identify with those nine other guys who were so preoccupied with their new healing that they didn’t think to thank God. Their minds probably instantly raced to all the things they wanted and needed to do illustrating a point that I believe relates to all of us…Until you’re thankful for what you’ve Got, you won’t be thankful no matter what you Get.
Let’s resolve together to choose an attitude of gratitude. Like the Old Hymn says, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done!” When we stop to give thanks, we’re honoring God, and also inviting more peace, perspective and blessing into our own lives.
I’m going to start applying these principles by saying “Thank You” for taking the time to read this! 🙂