The Attitude of Gratitude!
What does God say about gratitude?
Jesus didn't instruct us directly in the act of thankfulness but he demonstrated how it worked!
"Thanking God for a small portion he multiplied it to by thousands." Giving blessing to those around you and being thankful to God for all things magnifies the blessing thousands of times.
Jesus didn't tell us to be grateful, he was grateful. He didn't tell us to be thankful, He was thankful. He showed us how thankfulness worked. By watching Him we learn the value of this power.
Too many times we spend our hours thinking of things that don't make a difference. Things that have happened that we wish had not. Wars and rumors of wars, thoughts of demons and prophets and the end of time often cloud our thinking. Things that have caused us stress like children, marriage, work, and money.
(scroll down to find out what exactly the bible says about thanks)
More often than not there is much more to be thankful for than to be stressed about. We should be more thankful for the blessings we have every day than stressed by the demands thereof. We don't pray as frequently as we would like or as frequently as we should. Most important though, we don't thank God as much as we should for his grace and the glory of his love and being part of his body.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
God instructs us to give thanks not simply for his pleasure, but because he is aware of the effects that thanks has on the giver of thanks, even more so than the receiver of it.
The simple act of gratitude releases feel good hormones, circulates bloods and puts us in a physical state of openness. It prepares us to receive what God has to say.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
"Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."
The scripture above explains why in even what we would call bad times, we can have an attitude of gratitude knowing that this is all apart of his plan.
Showing this gratitude towards our savior in pressing times gives you faith beyond the mustard seed that he said was required. So in a sense gratitude is the secret ingredient that is not so secret (lol) but one of the things God calls us to do.
Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Is Gratitude Just As Important As Prayer?
Most of us understand the importance of prayer, but sometimes we fail to execute the thanks part of the scripture above.
Prayer without thanks is like writing a letter, putting it in the envelope, taking it to the post office, in the mailbox but never putting the stamp on it.
In short gratitude is the stamp. Give thanks for what you have asked for every day , and because he is faithful, and because you have shown that your are faithful through your gratitude, he will always deliver!
Article Credit : Shalise White