Grateful Prayer Leads to Peace
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).
It’s not easy to stop worrying about the often-scary, everyday parts of our lives, but God tells us how: “Pray about everything . . . and thank him for all he has done.”
Grateful prayer brings peace.
Worry has zero power. Prayer has much power. Worry has never changed anyone’s circumstance (except make you sick inside). Prayer can change things.
The Bible urges us to be specific in our requests—and our praises. Instead of a simple “thank you for everything,” he wants us to tell him what we’re grateful for. That’s how you grow in relationship with him. When you thank him for the specific things he has done, that grows your relationship with him.
Also, thank him for WHO he is, because WHO he is matters when it comes to WHAT he has done. Everything he does for us is a reflection of his heart and his character. Thank God for WHO he is.
God is love. You can be grateful for his love.
God is gracious. Full of grace. Thank him for his grace.
God is good.
God knows the future. You can definitely thank him for holding your future.
Thank him that he his trustworthy.
The more thankful we are, the more God works in our lives. Also, the more thankful we are, the happier we tend to be. God uses our thanksgiving as an instrument of power in our lives.
So, don't just feel thankful. Tell God. Praise him in your prayer. Turn your thankful feeling into a conversation with him.
What are you grateful for? What are some specific reasons you’re thankful to God? Spend some time in prayer, specifically thanking God for those things.
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