40 Days of Praying

For Gratitude

By October 21, 2020No Comments

If our nation is going to stand firm in our faith and be a beacon of hope to the world, then we must demonstrate lives that are overflowing with gratitude. We must focus not on our visible circumstances but on the invisible God who is in control of those circumstances. As Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “Look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

When we regularly express gratitude to God for what He has done, we will be less likely to wander away from God. Instead of looking at what other people have, thank God for what He has given you. Trust in His plan for your life and focus on what God values most.

Ingratitude and envy are tearing our nation apart. We cannot constantly demand that the government give us the property of those who own more than we do. Instead, we must develop an attitude of thankfulness. And if enough Americans make gratefulness part of their daily lives, we would have much less civil strife and much more unity.

A Prayer for America

Heavenly Father, thank You for the many blessings You have poured out on me and our nation. We do not deserve them. Help Americans all across this great land—including me—to choose to be thankful, rather than ungrateful, demanding, or entitled. Thank You for food and shelter. Teach me to be content with that. Everything else is a bonus. Lord, You do not owe us anything except punishment for our sins. But Your Word says You richly give us all things to enjoy, including forgiveness through Your Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross in our place to give us eternal life with You. What greater gift could there possibly be? You are so good to us, heavenly Father. Help us to love others as you have loved us. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this

is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

—1 Thessalonians 5:16–18