There is always something to be thankful for…
We hear this mantra a lot, especially this time of year and it’s true. There IS always something to be thankful for. Even in my toughest seasons I could muster up something for which to give thanks….some days it was that I opened my eyes or had breath…but it was something.
It’s also pretty popular to take each day in the month of November and write down what you are thankful for. Lots of social media posts give a shout out of thanksgivings. Nothing wrong with that since there is always something to be thankful for.
But what if…
There are several times in the gospels where we see Jesus give thanks not for something but before. He prays and thanks the Father before the provision is given, before the prayer is answered, before the cross is experienced.
Wow! Talk about upping the thankful game!
Do you have something you’re praying about? Do you have a need that you’ve been on your knees over? Do you long for a breath of fresh air and new life in a relationship, job or maybe even yourself? Is there a season of life you know is coming that’s going to be tough?
Maybe you’ve been begging and pleading for answers with nothing but silence. What would happen if we began to thank God ahead of time for answering our prayer? What would happen if, instead of begging, we asked and immediately began to be thankful before the answer was obvious?
What have you been praying for? What answer do you need? Ask for it, pray about it then everyday from now until the end of the month thank the Father before he answers. I can’t wait to hear what happens!
For the rest of this month we will be looking at those three encounters, learn from them best we can and challenge ourselves to be thankful on a whole different level.
Let’s get started with this week’s readings and questions to consider:
Sunday, November 05 Read John 6:1-15
Simply read the encounter and ask the Lord to give you fresh eyes to see and ears to hear what he would have for you.
Monday November 06 Read John 6:1-15
Think about the different reactions to the need that was in front of them…
Andrew said, here is this but…
The little boy did…
Can you relate to any of these when there is such a great need in your own life or when Jesus asks you to do the (seemingly) impossible?
Tuesday November 07 Read John 6:1-15
How many loaves and fish did the boy have to offer?
Was it enough on his own?
Was it enough when given to Jesus?
Was does this tell you?
Wednesday November 08 Read John 6:1-15
How many loaves and fish does Jesus have when he gave thanks? (I know…duh!…but hang with me.)
How often do we think we don’t have enough so we don’t offer what we have?
Thursday November 09 Read John 6:1-15
What does Jesus do as soon as he gave thanks?
Do you trust your Father enough to hand him what you have (measly as it may seem), thank him for it then “distribute” it to help feed others?
Friday November 10 Read John 6:1-15
Think about an area that you have a need, something that your resources simply are not enough on their own. Don’t think about just money but about relationships, jobs, contentment, health etc. Write it down.
Saturday November 11 Read John 6:1-15
Spend today simply thanking him for the provision from yesterday’s area of need. Each time it comes to mind, thank him for the provision. Each time you catch yourself worrying about it thank him for the answer.
The same God who turned the measly into the miraculous is the same God you are asking today. The same God who fed the masses on a boys’ mere meal can take your not much and feed the need.
What if we prayed like Jesus, thanked like Jesus, trusted like Jesus and served like Jesus…before.
Fiercely for you!