HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Studies consistently demonstrate that some of the happiest people on earth are those who excel in showing gratitude. The more a person is thankful and can show their gratefulness to others, the happier they become! Throughout Scripture, we see this truth as more than a result of a scientific study; it is in the very fabric of who God created and desires us to be. Psalm 100:4 calls us to, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
One of the keys to prayer and fasting is gratitude. Before we ask God for a single thing, we should start by thanking Him for what He has already done! Psalm 143:5 says, “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.”
Looking back at what God has done in our lives serves as a powerful practice as we remind ourselves of all the ways God has been faithful. What are a few things you need to thank God for today? Ways He has provided, healed, restored, or helped you through a situation when you did not know what would happen. Times when He has protected and sustained you in circumstances that you know you could not get through on your own. Or, simply acknowledging His overwhelming goodness to you, your family, and your friends in the simple everyday things that we so often overlook.
When we enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving and gratitude, we bring honour and glory to the Lord while simultaneously building our faith and confidence that if He did it in the past, He will do it again!
Psalm 100:4 (ESV)
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Psalm 107:1 (ESV)
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 143:5 (ESV)
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.
Psalm 77:11 (NLT)
But then I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.