Authentic Prayer: Thanks

Authentic Prayer: Thanks

Give thanks to the LORD because he is good,
because his mercy endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods
because his mercy endures forever.
Psalm 136:1-2

Give thanks to God.

Authentic thankfulness is more than a vague feeling of gratitude. It makes an effort to notice and name specific items for praise.

Scripture says that “every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon, and stars” (James 1:17), so you can be certain any blessing in your life comes from the Lord. But Psalm 136 illustrates how to give God more than a “thanks for everything.” He’s good to the core and reigns over every power in the universe. He does miraculous creative acts, from hanging the stars to filling the oceans. He sets consequences for evildoers and rescues his people. He clears a path to lead his followers onward. He feeds every creature he made. And his mercy never stops.

Before you begin to speak thanks, take time to take account everything God has done for you. Dig down to details. Then be specific as you express your gratitude. The Lord is the source of everything good, so give thanks for it all.

Inspired by Psalm 136

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