Prayer and Thanksgiving

I have been pushed once again in the area of prayer. My heart has been deeply burdened these past few months and the Lord has been bringing greater challenge to me in this. Not surprising, as I am leading a Prayer Retreat for the girls in our youth group in a few weeks.

The more I learn of prayer (sometimes through the scriptures but often through experience and conviction) the more I learn how much I don’t know and don’t understand. It should be easy:

  • you ask for things
  • God answers “yes” or “no”
  • The End

But it is like this ONLY if we want to stay walking in baby steps with Him.

prayer and thanksgiving

If our desire is to enter into a deeper walk of surrender and faith, God has much greater things for us in prayer.

Perhaps you’ve heard (and I might have said 20+ years ago), “God speaks to us in the Word, we speak to God in prayer.” But nope, once again, baby steps. That is a very simplistic and, therefore, inaccurate view of prayer. God speaks to us in prayer. In fact, the deeper we go in prayer with the Lord, the more He speaks to us. The more He uses prayer to guide us, to instruct us, to transform us. And a deep prayer life is quite possibly the greatest spiritual power in the universe we have!

These last few months I have travailed in prayer. I have anguished, cried (sobbed, actually). God has met my heart and strengthened me, has brought me time and again to hope and trust. But I find myself still (time and again) back at the place of anguish with fear driving my prayer. And this past week, through a conversation with company and later with some precious saints for our weekly time of prayer, God spoke to my heart about something lacking in my heart  in this burden: Thanksgiving.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Phil 4:6

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving…Col 4:2

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thes 5:16-18

“When you sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, you shall sacrifice it so that you may be accepted. Lev 22:29

As with all things with the Lord, having a heart of thanksgiving CHANGES ME! <–tweet this

So in my deep prayer concern, I am focusing on a heart of thanksgiving.

  • I know God is faithful.
  • I know God is capable to intervene.
  • I know God’s love is greater than mine.
  • I know God answers prayers according to His will.

But just as the joy of the Lord is my strength, prayer with a heart of thanksgiving is the power that transcends this earthly dwelling place.

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  1. Wow Kate. Thank you for sharing your prayer and faith walk. I resonate so deeply with all of this and I appreciate the wisdom and experience you share. This is wonderfully useful. Blessings!


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