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)
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