Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERY situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:23
Prayer and thanksgiving are necessary for a joyful Christian life. Being able to come into the presence of the awesome creator of the universe is an astounding privilege. Let me give you an example.
I was on the planning committee for a meeting and volunteered to oversee the buffet table. Part of the job was to pick up the food from the caterer an hour before the event. When we arrived, the restaurant couldn’t find any record of our order. Just before we both panicked, they located it, but it was another 10 minutes before the order came out. The kitchen sent out an invoice and not a bill with the order, so the lady at the cash register had to find a manager to figure the bill. When we finally made it to the car and back to the venue, it was ten minutes before the event. As we were hurriedly setting out the food, the chairman frowned and asked for the bill. We were short one of two trays of meat. It was time to serve and too late to call the restaurant and try to get it straightened out. Some committee members and I prayed silently for the meat to be sufficient.
The event started on time, but as the line formed and people kept coming in, I started to get uneasy, so I continued to pray. As I worked, I couldn’t help noticing how much everyone was putting on their plates. They put a LOT of food, especially meat, on their plates, so I renewed my prayers. About half way through the line, I started to notice the tray didn’t seem to be emptying as fast as I thought it should considering the number of people and the size of their servings! This bolstered my faith enough that I began praying with more consistency for the Lord to multiply the meat still on the tray. It was going down, but just not enough for what I saw being taken away. When all the guests had been through the line, there was enough for the committee members who hadn’t eaten yet to have a serving. At the end, there was no meat left, but neither did anyone go without even though we had half the meat recommended per person.
I believe the Lord made that meat last. I watched too closely the amount taken as opposed to the amount there to believe anything else. I think the reason we don’t see more things like this, is we don’t stretch and exercise our “Prayer muscles”. We just don’t believe the Lord is interested in the more mundane areas of our lives. Let’s resolve this Thanksgiving season to involve God in all areas of our lives, not just when it of critical personal importance or for a loved one. Praying at all times for all things demonstrates your gratitude for the gift of prayer.
Also, remember that using what we’ve been given is the ultimate “thank-you” to the giver.