Prayers of Thanks

Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

A simple prayer of “Help God.” How often do we do this? For me it’s often. When I was going through cancer my prayer was for healing. Now, I say prayers of help for others battling cancer and for my continued health. After a check-up or a scan I thank God for a good result, but I never thank Him after I say the prayer for whatever the answer will be. Only once I get the answer to my prayer do I thank Him.

The Jesus Calling devotional and the verse in Colossians make me see things differently. The author of Jesus Calling writes, “When you bring Me prayer requests, lay out your concerns before Me. Then thank Me for the answers that I have set into motion long before you can discern results.” What a different way to look at prayer. You mean I have to trust that God will give me the answer and thank Him for it sight unseen? Yes, that is what it means. Jesus wants us to walk by faith and not by sight.

Thank you God for the answers to my prayers!

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