The July 5th Jesus Calling devotional speaks of things I need to remember. “Draw near to me with a thankful heart. Gratitude enables you to perceive Me more clearly and to rejoice in our Love-relationship.” I am blessed immensely but sometimes I like to come to God with only grumbling or requests. Please help me with this…..please help me with that. Not that God doesn’t want to hear everything; of course He does, but He also wants us to thank Him in all circumstances. Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” This also means thanking God for the difficult things in our lives. God is the only one who knows how everything is going to turn out. I think this act of thanking Him is also letting God know we trust Him. Trust is the essence of any healthy relationship.
Lord, thank you for every challenge, every happy day, every unpleasant day and above all thank you for giving your life for us. In Jesus name. Amen