Today’s Key Scripture
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:18
What better way to end a full week of “Seven Revelations to Effective Prayer” than with thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving seals and magnifies the process of prayer!
In Luke 17, we read that Jesus ministered to 10 men who had the dreadful disease of leprosy. All of them were healed, but only one of them “when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks” (verses 15-16). Then Jesus told the man, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well” (verse 19).
The others were cleansed, but the thankful man was made whole!
Oh, that we could understand the role of thanksgiving in effective prayer and anointed living. Why would the Lord continue to pour out answers and abundance to children who seem uncaring, unthankful, and even resentful?
Paul the apostle told us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
Let us constantly offer our thanks: “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15).
Thanksgiving is an integral part of prayer, for it reveals our true heart. And it is a powerful key to God’s anointing.
A Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, may I never be ungrateful for all You do for me. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for pursuing me, though I was unclean and unworthy. Thank You for rescuing me. I am continually in awe of You. I give my heart and life to you today to go wherever You lead me. May Your Holy Spirit transform me—spiritually, emotionally, and physically—to be more like You. I pray all these thanksgivings in Jesus’ name, amen.
*All Scripture references are NKJV unless otherwise noted.