We are constantly teaching our children to say “thank you”. And we may be a little annoyed by those who don't. Why do we do that? Is it so that our kids are polite? Is it because we don’t want people to think we are bad parents? Is there some character quality that we want our children to possess? If we are honest parents it's probably a little bit of all of them. The question we are all faced with in our own lives and that of our children is “How is a thankful heart developed or cultivated?”
Key Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Additional verses for meditation and study:
· Luke 17:11-19, Psalm 100
Prayerful time in God’s word:
Ask the Lord to show you the ways he has been good to you. Wait silently and listen for his voice. When something comes to mind simply thank him for it.
Read Luke 17:11-19
· Look at the request of the ten lepers. What do you think they meant by 'have pity on them'? Do they seem entitled to you? Why or why not?
· What was the reaction of the one that returned? How do you think he felt and why? Why did the other nine not return?
Special Prayer Discipline:
· This week ask God to show you the places that he has “healed you” and 'had pity on you'. Respond in the same heart felt way as the leper in the story. Don’t be bashful or ashamed to be expressive!
· What are the times that you struggle to be thankful? Ask the lord to help you and give you a thankful heart that responds in action this week.
Here is an Idea:
· Can we be thankful to God and thankless to people around us? Ask God to help you see and express thanks to the people he has placed in your life.
· On a Pray A-Z prayers of thanks, start with A Example: “Thank you Lord for A-nother day to glorify you, “Thank you Lord for B -eing there for me very day” etc…