Giving Thanks in the Midst of Chaos, Confusion, and Heartache in the World (Based on 1 Thess. 5:18 and Eph. 5:20)

Photo taken in Colorado.

Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Heavenly Father in Jesus’ Name, thank you for sharing Your instruction and desire on the subject of thankfulness. As difficult as it may be to be thankful in some situations, You obviously know that it is the best thing that I can do to get my focus from problems back onto You, who is sovereign, all knowing, all powerful, everywhere present, merciful, and gracious. 1 Thessalonians 5:18In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

According to Your Word, the Bible, You see thankfulness as so important that You instruct me to come into Your presence at the beginning of my prayer instead of starting out with all my requests and needs. Psalm 100:4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.” Remind me daily to give thanks for the ultimate, great gift of salvation that You gave me as a believer in Jesus Christ.

“Thank you Lord for saving my soul
thank you Lord for making me whole
thank you for giving to me, thy great salvation so rich and free.”

Remind me to be thankful each day for some of the many things that I take for granted. Some of those are: protection from evil, forgiveness and repentance, power of the blood and the light of Christ, and Your mercy, grace, wisdom, love, and patience. In addition, some of the critical items for life: sleep and rest, shelter, food and water, my job, the joy of having relatives and friends, peace, comfort, and a measure of health. Direct me to develop and practice more and more the command in Ephesians 5:20Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen.