Hey everyone! Another sunny weekend!
This week we are continuing our series on prayer and we hope that you’ll find some time, even while enjoying the weather, to take some time to spend with God.
So grab your toast and off we go…
Answer these questions get your family to play as well if you want.
Think about this past week:
- What has made you laugh out loud?
- What has made you feel most content?
- What has been your favourite meal?
- Who have you most enjoyed spending time with?
- What is the best thing you have seen?
Today we are moving on to the thanksgiving part of our prayer. This is something that can seem very easy, but it’s worth us going through to see exactly what it’s all about.
Remember we are looking at A.C.T.S. as a way of helping us pray. First was was adoration and we looked at psalm 96. Last week was confession and we looked at 1 John 1:9. Today is thanksgiving. It can be helpful to think of it like this:
- Adoration is about who God is,
- Thanksgiving is about what God has done.
When you played the game, hopefully you came up with some answers that were a big deal, and others that were just ordinary little things. Thanksgiving to God can cover all of these things.
Let’s look at our Bible verse
Paul here is talking to the church at Thessalonica and giving his final instructions. Pray all the time, says Paul, and make sure to give thanks in all circumstances.
We can, and should thank God for all sorts of things. We should thank Him for the basics, like food, clothing, shelter, family, and friends. We should thank Him for the big things we talked about in our words series earlier this year – things like salvation, forgiveness and sanctification. We should thank Him for fellowship with our church, and our spiritual giftings. We should also thank Him for the little things that remind us of Him looking after us: flowers budding in your gardens and woods, the amazing sunrise or sunset that we see.
Sometimes it can be hard to focus and to think of things to give thanks to God for. It can help to write a list. Making a running list of things to be be thankful for, and keeping it somewhere you can see it can help to focus our prayers, and remind of of all the blessings we have.
Paul’s command is also to give thanks in all circumstances. So when we’re feeling thankful, and when we aren’t. When we’re happy, and when we’re hurting. This exercise in prayer can help us to remain humble, and remind us of what God has done for us, and it can also help us to focus on the good when we are feeling down. Like last week, this is good for our relationship with God and our mental health.
The last bit!
If you want to try another prayer activity like last week, take a piece of paper and write down a few things that you thought about at the beginning of this session, and anything that has come t mind during the session that you can give thanks to God for. Just take a minute to do this.
Read what you have written and say thank you to God. Keep the piece of paper handy, and during this week add things to your thanksgiving list!
That’s all for now. Don’t forget to wash up your toast plate!
See you next week!
Mell and Chris