Years ago one of my friends made it a point to be thankful to God for every little thing. I thought that was a noble action so I followed suite.
Thank you God for food, shelter, hot water, etc… every little thing, give thanks.
This practice seemed to work for her but how many of ya’ll know that everything ain’t for everybody. Even if something works for someone else it may not work for you.
Continuing with this practice, years later, I got to the point that if I didn’t thank Him for every little thing (especially food) I was afraid He would not bless it or worse He would think I was ungrateful! At first I would feel condemned but then legalism started to rear its head: If I didn’t do X then I was not grateful for Y and it all equaled condemnation. I felt bad. I felt small. I was focusing on little things so much so that I was ignoring the big things like: God’s grace, mercy & love.
I knew condemnation was not of God, so why was I allowing it to oppress me? Because at the time I didn’t connect that it was condemnation I just felt bad. I would repent and move on, not really taking the time to consider the root of the matter.
The God I believe in is BIG (Deut. 10:17-18). With Him all things are possible( Matt. 19:26, Mark 9:23) . No problem is too big for Him. When I realized the problem I prayed for solution and this is what He gave me:
Instead of praying for every little thing, I prayed and thanked Him for EVERYTHING.
“God you are my provision, I thank you for ALL of the food & drink I will ever consume, please bless it that it will nourish me an not make me sick, in Jesus name, Amen.”
Can I pray such a thing? Is He capable of doing such a thing? Is He faithful enough to do such a thing?
YES, He’s God!
At first, I was hesitant to even pray this because I thought: if I pray this then I will never have to pray again (one and done type of deal). No, that was not true for me for a couple of reasons, which I will go into on the next post. When I overcame my fear and prayed it anyway I demonstrated to myself that I believe God can do anything. Better yet, I acted like it, confirming it with my actions of daring to pray such an enormous prayer.
Remembering to trust
I believe prayer is not for God it is for us. Not to remind God of our allegiance, of our thankfulness, or of our problems. We don’t need to remind Him of anything. He knows all things. Prayers are to remind us of our allegiance, thankfulness, and whom our solutions come from. Prayer helps in confirming our faith (Hebrews 11:1)- assurance of things hoped for even though they are not seen. It helps us move from I hope to I KNOW. I think we should continually pray and give thanks but with the undertone that if you honestly forget, don’t worry. He’s got you. You can Trust Him.
Be Encouraged, Be Blessed
For The ONE