I have some friends who are naturally thankful.
But gratefulness doesn’t come naturally for most of us.
That’s why we must “work out our salvation” (Philippians 2:12) letting God replace our character with His (Philippians 2:13).
Last month I began a discipline that has been helpful to that end: Whenever I write down a prayer request, I first write a praise or thanksgiving.
For example when I ask for healing, I first thank God for some aspect of my health I take for granted.
If I pray about a problem relationship, I praise God for the way He designed us for relationships with Him and others.
“Rejoice in the Lord always … in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:4,6
Sometimes we need to “discipline” ourselves to be grateful and praise God.
If you have any ideas for creating a grateful heart, please leave them in the comment section. Thanks!
(Source: 1-Minute Bible Love Notes)