It’s around the end of the year again and for most people, they are already counting its failures, woes, and disappointments. Many can only see the unfulfilled goals, shattered dreams, and unrealized aspiration they have carried since the beginning of the year.
Yet, a careful look at the events and occurrences of the year will truly reflect the fact that through it all, God has been good and faithful to every one of us.
Reasons You Should Be Thankful
Maybe life hasn’t quite gone as you have planned so far and you are wondering, ‘Why the heck should I give thanks?’ or ‘What should I be thankful about?’
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thes 5:18).
Here are three reasons you want to be thankful for where you are.
1. It Is Best Way to Preserve and Sustain What You’ve Got
There is a very interesting story of ten lepers who needed healing from their disease. All of them then came to Jesus to be cured of their condition. So He told them what to do to get healed.
According to the Bible, as they left to carry out Jesus’ instruction to them, they all noticed they were healed. Their leprosy had been cured and out of excitement, nine of them took off to continue living life as usual.
However, one of them came back to Jesus to say “thank you” for what had been done for him. Guess what happened afterward! For being grateful, that man got something more than healing: He was made whole of the disease (Luke 17:11–19).
That means if there had been a withered limb or a scared part of the body, they were completely restored to him — just the way they were before the disease. But this wasn’t the case with the other nine.
They only got healing (cessation of the process of decay and destruction), but no restoration of the effects the disease already had on their bodies.
Being grateful to God for what He has already done for you is the key to the next miracle you expect from Him.
2. It Activates the Miracle-Working Power of God
A vivid example of the power of being thankful was demonstrated in the life of Jesus Christ. It had been a very busy day, with Him teaching the multitude for several hours.
At a point, it was noticed that the audience were hungry having been there for quite some time. Jesus reached out to His disciples to know if anyone had something they could serve them.
But of course, even if they did, it couldn’t have amounted to anything serious, since the audience were 5000 men (excluding the women and their children who are characteristically always more).
After combing around the audience for a while, the disciples only found a little boy who had his lunch pack with small loaves of bread and fish. The disciples brought that to Jesus knowing that was too small to make any meaning.
To their amazement, Jesus took the loaves and fish, looked up into heaven, and gave thanks to God. He then handed it back to the disciples to distribute to the people. At the end of the day, they had 12 baskets full of bread and fish after they had feed all thousands of people (Matt 14:13–21).
The lesson here is that if you would thank more than you complain and worry, you might as well be experiencing the miraculous power of God in your life. Whatever you thank God for appreciates and is preserved.
3. It Is the Key to a More Effective Prayer Life
It is not news that among believers all around the world, the percentage of unanswered prayers completely dwarfs that of answered prayers.
This is because praying and receiving answers to prayers are two very different ball games altogether. It is one thing to pray, but getting answers is another part of the puzzle you need to master as well.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving (Col 4:2).
Note that these three go together: being steadfast in prayer, watchful, and thankful. As a matter of fact, if you would cut your requesting time in prayer in half and spend the other half giving thanks, you will have better results than you currently do.
So, instead of storming heaven with only requests, take advantage of the power of thanksgiving and begin to thank God for what He has done for you already while being expectant of what lies ahead.
There is this old Christian song that drives home this point greatly. It is titled “Count Your Blessings, Name Them One By One.” You can watch it below and feel free to share with friends and family.
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