we receive, we ask, and yet, we receive. We are pretty sure about what
we want and what we don't want. We just know that, if we go to God in
prayer (with faith), He will answer our prayers. Some of us have some
powerful testimonies about what God has done for us, but there are
those times when it seems like (to us) God just isn't listening? We try
to get others to either pray with us or pray for us. We fast and we pray,
but yet it still seems that God isn't responding.
We sometimes over look one very small thing that God cherishes about
us. That one small thing is giving God thanks (Ephesians 5:20). Giving
God thanks for our food isn't the only time that we can give thanks to God.
We need to sincerely have, "I am thankful for.....", sessions. These sessions
need to be either when we wake up in the morning, right before we go to
bed, right after God does something that pleases us or all the above.
These sessions should be only for sincerely giving thanks and not just
to get something from God, because God knows what is in our hearts
versus the words that come out of our mouths (Jeremiah 17:10). The
things we often over look being thankful for are being able to hear, breathe,
see, taste, smell, walk, and talk. These are things we naturally do every
day so we really don't take notice of them until something causes us to
not be able to experience them.
When a child doesn't take care of their toys, that makes us think that they
didn't appreciate it when we bought the toys for them, therefore, when they
ask for a new toy, we often times let that be the determining factor as to
whether or not we buy them a new toy. If we can't show God appreciation
for the things we often take for granted, then why should He give us more
to not be thankful for? Giving to someone who continuously takes and takes
without every saying or showing appreciation doesn't feel good to us, so
why should we expect it to be okay with God?
Just because God is God doesn't mean we don't need to show some
appreciation to Him on a consistent basis (Psalm 100:4). We spend so
much time complaining and asking God for what we want or think we
need. If we would just stop and let God know what we are thankful for,
we will realize we really do have a lot to be thankful for.