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A Prayer of Gratitude

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GratitudeDay 7 – Catch up.

When you wake each morning to the new day are you grateful?

Even in the turmoil of those not so great days do you find something to be thankful for?

I know … this is not always an easy thing to do. I found that it’s a discipline. A purposeful lifestyle.

I cannot count how many times, in the past, that I’ve wanted to strangle that loving, good hearted person who reminded me to count my blessings in times of trial! Even today, sometimes, I find that I feel a twinge of that familiar frustration even as I remind myself to be grateful in the face of troubles!

But God!

Yes … I have found in my life, that being thankful has not only taken the sting out of troubled situations and heartache, but it has also allowed God’s favor to work in my favor!

An example.
Several years ago, in the early days of my Christian walk, I had a car accident. Technically my fault. As I pulled into a Wawa on my way to work I heard a thought in my head. “Everyone has to have a front parking space near the door.” As I pulled around there were plenty of spots to park across the way … but there, shining in the sun was an open spot, right next to a new, green pick up that had pulled in ahead of me. I took it! I drove directly into the spot and was immediately blinded by the sun … the gentleman in the truck swung his door open and I hit it! As I hit it … not seeing anything, I, for no real reason, began to chant “Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.” over and over, out loud.

Well the scene continued in the vain of a car accident. While I prayed and thanked God that the man had not swung his legs out when I pulled in, the police were called and insurance was exchanged and reports were filled out. I was spent at the end. Nervous and fearful, but praying.

Fast forward to the end … This accident did not garner me a ticket. I was not sued. It didn’t show up on my insurance. NOTHING!

That was God. That’s what being thankful to God, even in our simple day to day lives garners us!

The Favor of God.

Even when bad things happen, we are blessed with a God solution! Amen.

I may have said this already, and I might say it again, and again. I pray God’s Word back to Him. In the Old Testament Moses regularly reminded God what He had said and promised. This is essentially the same thing. Praying God’s Word insures the we are praying according to God’s Word.

We cannot go wrong that way! It works EVERY time!

So right now I pray … My prayer of Gratitude today.

Father, I thank You for this day you have made. I will purposely rejoice and be happy in this day.

I rejoice always, and pray continually, giving You thanks in all circumstances; for this is Your will for me, God, in Christ Jesus. I will not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, I will present my requests to You, God. I thank You for Your peace, God, which transcends all understanding, that it guards my heart and my mind, in Christ Jesus. Thanks be to You, God! For You give me the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Help me to thank You God, as I ought, and rightly so, because my faith is growing more and more, and the all the love I have for others is increasing. I Give thanks to You, Lord, for You are good; and Your love endures forever. I will let the peace of Christ rule in my heart, since as a member of one body I am called to peace. And I will be thankful. I will devote myself to prayer, being watchful and thankful. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

The Scriptures below are all in the prayer above.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Philippians 4:6-7
1 Corinthians 14:57
2 Thessalonians 1:3
1 Chronicles 16:34
Colossians 3:15
Colossians 4:2

Thanks for dropping by to read! You’re always in my prayers. God bless you.

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Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

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