We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you
Colossians 1:3

I remember a time when my prayers consisted of the following:
  1. Lord - save me from this bad situation I’ve put myself in
  2. God - please give me this thing I need (or more likely - want)
  3. God - please change this person because they aren’t doing what I want
  4. Lord - please make me feel happy instead of sad

One of the most profound changes to my prayers has been to begin by giving thanks. And giving thanks with an emphasis toward what God is doing in others (rather than again making it all about me). Do you give thanks for God’s work in others?

Prayer can be a window into the soul. In my selfishness, I would pray for selfish things. But the interesting thing is that prayer can also be the ‘spirit-level’ an opportunity for realignment. When we give thanks for God’s work in others - it turns our gaze outward and beyond ourselves.

For Today:
  • Do you give thanks in your prayers?
  • What do you mostly give thanks for?
  • What should you give thanks for today & more often?

  • Give thanks for who God is.
  • Give thanks for what He has done in Christ.
  • Give thanks for what He has done/is doing in your life and the lives of others.

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