Have you ever considered that thanksgiving is a form of prayer? Thanksgiving brought revelation to Noah. He built an altar to the LORD after the flood and God gave him promises and blessing! (Gen. 8:20-22)
Daniel received revelation and interpretation that promoted him into the second most powerful position in Babylon. He was honored by the three kings he served under and was even preserved from the mouths of lions, because he knew how to give prayerful thanks! (Daniel 6:10)
Jesus gave thanks as He multiplied the loaves and fish. He gave thanks to the Father when He raised Lazarus from the dead. He was the embodiment of praise and thanksgiving!
Paul lived a life of praise. He wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice! (Phil. 4:4).” He also wrote about giving thanks for the believers he was writing to in Rome, Ephesus, Philippi, and many other cities.
Thanksgiving is a form of prayer that works in us as well as for others. Thanksgiving brings the presence of the Comforter who leads us, teaches us, guides us, and gives us the wisdom we need for every situation.
There’s an old saying I remember from when I was young in the Lord. It went like this: “Praise and be raised, or complain and get slain.” That should be a no-brainer! But how many times do we hear complaining and griping from our own ranks? Giving thanks and praise will deliver us as much as it delivered Israel from enemy armies. It will still the enemy and release armies from heaven that have the ability to undermine the plot of the enemy and do something about our problems!
Let’s focus every day on what we are celebrating this month – Thanksgiving! Let’s put complaining away and give thanks for this country and its rich, godly heritage… and then we’ll watch God move in a way we have yet to see!
With Love, Pastor Tom