November 25, 2009

Thankful Prayers

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thankful Prayers… “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:15-16

Do you often offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the saints of God who have great faith and lavish love? Who comes to mind when you think of those who have persevered with God through pain, sorrow, joy and abundance? Perhaps you think of career missionaries, ministers or a successful businessperson. Maybe your mind locks onto a loved one that has kept the faith in the middle of fiery trials or a complicated health condition. These are quality human beings you can honor by thanking God for them with powerful prayers.

God expects prayer for missionaries, however make it more personal by placing their picture in a prominent place in your home. When you walk by them or at a designated time, intercede on their behalf to Almighty God. It is those with great faith who foster a flaming fire of faith within your soul. Thanking the Lord for His faithful followers bolsters your faith to be more like those with whom you are exceedingly grateful.

Your children need to hear you pray, thanking God for the faith of your forefathers and other living family members who love Jesus. It is this attitude of respect for committed Christians that builds commitment into your sons and daughters. Gratitude to God for those who are serious about their Savior Jesus, builds a generation of God followers.

Furthermore thank the Lord for their love, for as their faith grows love is not far behind. “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing” (2 Thessalonians 1:3). Those with great faith love great!

Indeed pray for those with great faith and love to finish well. This is the testimony of those we admire the most, “All these people were still living by faith when they died…” (Hebrews 11:13a). Mature Christians still need encouragement and accountability to remain faithful. Your prayers for them compel them to move forward with Christ.

Who do I know who is solid in their faith, who I can thank God for often in prayer? Who is a missionary couple my family can pray for weekly?

Related Readings: 2 Chronicles 30:27; Nehemiah 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 11:39-40

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  1. Samantha says:

    Donation is a softer approach than begging one will not learn or be rewarded till u succeeded in little adjustments one will always sin but wanting is not giving so greed takes on the power

  2. Gwynne says:

    Dear Samantha,
    Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. I would love to continue a discussion about your comments after reading “Thankful Prayers”. I am not sure I am following your line of thinking but would love to chat with you further. Could you email me
    We are always blessed to hear from our Wisdom Hunter’s family.
    Grateful for you,
    “Give thanks to the God of heaven. His faithful love endures forever.”
    Psalm 136:26

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