Events in this life tend to get in the way of what we need to remember. We might remember that a sports game is playing on television today, or that we need to make a trip to the grocery store to pick up some milk. Maybe you need to pick up the kids from ball practice or take them to the doctor’s office. With all the things that we do in this life, are we remembering to pray to the Father who has made all of this possible?
Prayer is a very powerful thing, and it is a privilege that we have because it allows us to talk to our Father in Heaven. We can bring our cares and concerns to the One who created us. We can bring our wants and our needs before Him. We can ask for forgiveness for things we have done wrong and ask for strength to overcome temptation.
There are many things that we can pray for and do pray for each day. That being said, did you pray to God today to thank Him for the fact that you are in existence today? Without Him, we would not be here. He has made all things and everything that we have today possible. That cell phone in your pocket would not be possible without God. The shelter we have would not be possible without God. The feelings of love, compassion, sadness, confidence, etc. would not be possible without God!
The Bible tells us “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” (Ephesians 5:20). This verse is telling us to show our gratitude to God always for all things and if we do not do so that would be a sin. It is our responsibility in our lives to express gratitude to God. The Thessalonians were told by Paul “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18). It is the will of God that we give thanks.
The Bible teaches us that “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21). When they knew God, they were not thankful towards him. They did not glorify him and really, they had forgotten all about God. The Romans followed after their own hearts and fell away. Failure to thank God led to forgetfulness in every area of life. Forgetting to be grateful to God and expressing that fact is a disservice to yourself. God deserves praise and thanks for all that He has done for us! The next time that we pray, let us not forget to give thanks to God for what He is, what He has done, and the hope we have in Christ because of Him and His plan for the church.