The following transcription is from the prayer to God and Bible lesson we delivered on Pray For US radio episode 002. The program aired on November 25, 2012 on KCAA 1050 AM in San Bernardino, California. The podcast of the program is archived here on this site.
This work, entitled “JESUS CALLING” – was submitted by Al Fife, one of our online followers. I hope Al doesn’t mind that we’ve changed it a bit to fit our call today.
Here is an interpretation of giving thanks, of giving recognizing the providential gifts every day bestowed upon us by our Lord and Savior, in a homily that might have been given to us by Christ himself:
“THANK ME FREQUENTLY as you journey through this coming week. This practice makes it possible to pray without ceasing, as the apostle Paul taught. If you are serious about learning to pray continually, the best approach is to thank Me in every situation. These thankful prayers provide a solid foundation on which you can build all your other prayers. Moreover, a grateful attitude makes it easier for you to communicate with Me.
“When your mind is occupied with thanking Me, you have no time for worrying or complaining. If you practice thankfulness consistently, negative thought patterns will gradually grow weaker and weaker. Draw near to Me with a grateful heart, and My Presence will fill you with Joy and Peace.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.”
What a fine lesson for daily living.
First, James 4:8 says, “Come near to God, and God will come near to you. You sinners, clean sin out of your lives. You who are trying to follow God and the world at the same time, make your thinking pure.”
Romans 15:13 “I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace while you trust in Him. Then your hope will overflow by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Amen and amen!
Please see a short guide we have provided on this site, titled How to Pray to the God of the Bible.