"I will give You thanks, for You answered me; You have become my salvation." Psalm 118:21 NIVI am pretty good at asking for what I need. I am a firm believer in presenting my requests to God. (Philippians 4:6). I try not to be demanding, or whiny, but I do try to remember to not worry, and instead pray. So, I don't present a huge list of "wants" to God every day, but I try to ask Him, because I know that He can provide all my needs (Philippians 4:19) and He is the source of every good gift (James 1:17).
And guess what? He certainly does provide for my needs. He really gives me most of my wants, too. Not always, but often. He very, very often says, "Yes."
But sometimes I am like a kid. I get what I want, I mutter, "thanks" under my breath, and five minutes later I'm asking for something else. Probably not exactly the response He wants. Instead, I think it would be really beneficial if I said, "thank you" in the moment, and then, like a good recipient, wrote a thank-you note a few weeks later. And maybe, after that, I could bring up it up in my conversation with Him every now and then.
God answers all our prayers. They aren't all "yes", nor should they be. However, when He is so gracious as to grant our requests, I think it stands to reason that we can give Him more than a cursory amount of gratitude. Or at least try...
What is something you were grateful for as soon as you received it, but now that it is a few weeks, months, or even years later you have kind of forgotten about? Tell the Lord today that you are still so thankful for that answered prayer, that "yes" He so generously gave.
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