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Thanksgiving in Prayer

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This morning when I just arrived at the office, my secretary suddenly asked me: “Ma’am, what is your prayer today? What you ask for in your prayer?” I smiled and replied: “Today I did not ask for anything. Just lift up my praise and gratitude to God.”  My secretary looks a bit puzzled. “You did not ask for something? You did not ask to God to lead your day as you always ask me to do?” I replied again firmly: “No. what about you. There is anything you ask for?” My secretary replied enthusiastically: “Oh Ma’am, Yes. I have so many requests to God!” Then she mentions a series of requests.  My heart saying: “Oh God you always impatient to listening your child’s request”

The conversation above describes our attitude in prayer.  Many people use prayer as a medium only for asking and complaining. Well, it is normal. Because in The Bible it’s written:  “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”(Luke 11:9). But did we realize that in our prayer we not just asking and always asking but should fill our prayer with thanksgiving? Philippians 4:6 clearly said: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” It is important to remember because in fact there are many of us who forget to fill our prayers with thanksgiving. Maybe we did start our prayers by saying thanks, but how we really appreciate the thanksgiving seriously, who comes from the deepest of our heart? How much our gratitude compared with our request? Suppose that our prayers are written as many as four paragraphs, how many paragraphs filled with our gratitude?

We often use thanksgiving as an introduction in prayer while our minds are filled with a list of requests from the beginning we starting to pray. God does not want we pray like that. First, He wants us to believe through our faith. He wants us to begin our prayers without feeling worry. God wants us to lift our requests with full confidence, comes from our love to Him and only that which allows us to be able to fill the prayer with thanksgiving. God wants a sense of joy within us is not lost under any circumstances, and the sense of joy that is what enables us to be able to raise the praise and our gratitude regardless of the condition or any situation that we are experiencing.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Dear all friends, what about us? Whether our prayer got it right? Whether we have made a balancing between the requests and gratitude?  Whether our thankfulness only as an introduction or just lip service?  Let us begin to pray not only full of requests but also full of thankfulness from the deepest of our heart. God knows what our problem without need to shout to Him every day. Nothing is impossible before God, and please remembers that God loves us as His children and He was created us very special.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. (Psalms 95:1-6)

Karina

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Be Thankful

???????????????????????????????This post was inspired from the board meeting this afternoon. The finance director gave a presentation about the company’s financial condition over the last 6 months. He said that to this day there is no problem with the company’s financial condition and very healthy. But further he said, the profits drawn are not in accordance with our expectations. He stated her dissatisfaction and looked a little bit disappointed.  Then we discuss about the things that make our profit target is not reached.

After the meeting, he met me privately and he said: “I am sorry ma’am, just curious; in the meeting you seem not surprised or look disappointed on our profit.” I smiled and said: “You know what, Even though we did not reach the target but we still got the profit and our financial in very healthy condition, right? So, please be thankful! Our sustenance already set up by God. Just be thankful.”

That short conversation makes me pondering. In our daily lives, we often forget to always be thankful with everything that we got. We are even more tending to show a sense of disappointment when what we expect is not achieved and we did not appreciate the small things. My parents always taught me to always give thanks in all circumstances, as it says in Bible verse: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

We often look to the big things rather than small and we are not being thankful. Small things merely will become commonplace in our eyes because we are more focused on the big things and then we will began not pay attention anymore. When we are not pay attention we will start to not appreciate. Even worse, when we are not appreciating with everything that we achieved, we will start to not be thankful.

God does not want this. He wants we always give thanks in all circumstances.  The most important thing that should to remember is God has arranged our lives including our sustenance. We live in the plans that have been established by God.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11).

If the company does not achieve the target profit, it is not a big deal! Because God still providing profit and our financial condition stay healthy. I am being grateful for that blessing. I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.  For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge (1 Corinthians 1:4-5)

And I am not worried at all or even disappointed. Like Matthew 6:25 said: Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

My beloved friends, Let us always be thankful for what God has given to us. No matter big or small and let us remember that big things start from the small things. Amen

 “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” Oprah Winfrey

Karina

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My Special Gratitude

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My dear Friend in Heaven, There isn’t day gone through without thinking about how lucky I am to have You in my life. You always take a part in every breath I take, in every step of my life, and in any words that I said. My every single day was filled with Your abundant blessing. Like a snow ball, Your blessing getting greater day by day.  You grant me not every thing I want, but indeed that I need. You gave me unbelievable life beyond my expectation.

I would like to talk to You this night. I am grateful to You for making my life so lovely and precious. I will be Your best friends that I can be, as you has been first to be my best friend.

Thank you for always lend Your sympathetic ear and given me an advice if I ask for it; or simply as a the right place to complain everything about my problems and as a  comfortable place where I can lean and cry. Thank you for Your words and promises which can assure me that everything will going great when I trust in You

You  are  the most  precious  companions that I ever had, Your loving kindness will not change forever and ever, Your faithfulness like a sun that always shining in the morning.  I am grateful for every second spend together with me. My Dear Friend, I ask You to always walk hand in hand down the road of this life. You’re the light of my life, my love, my happiness, and You are my soul.  My dear Friend in Heaven, Here’s my special gratitude to you. Amen

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (Proverb 17:17)

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (John 15:14)

Karina

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