Jesus’ encounter with a blind man has been showing us how to pray for a miracle. We’ve learned we are to pray passionately, persistently, precisely and positively and today we conclude by praying with praise and thanksgiving. When a miracle happens, we are to express our gratitude.
In Luke 18:43 “Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it they also praised God”
Notice the two things this guy did AFTER he received his sight,
He followed Jesus and he gave thanks to God.
Those are the two things you are to do after you've received an answer to prayer. You follow Jesus more closely and you give thanks to God.
The scriptures tell us that ten lepers came to see Jesus. They were social outcasts. Nobody wanted to touch them. Nobody wanted to get close to them for fear that they too might get leprosy. Jesus touched them and healed them all. They all went away. It says later one of them -- only one of them -- came back to thank the Lord. How sad. When a miracle happens, we are to express our praise and thanks.
I believe you should thank God while you're asking, not just after the answer comes. While you're asking, you should maintain the attitude of gratitude. "Thank You, Lord, that You've already provided for so many other needs. I thank You for what You've provided in the past and You're going to provide in the future. Here's what I need right now.
Let me ask you a question. What do you take for granted in your life that God has so graciously given you that you need to be grateful for?
I believe that we need to be as precise in our thanking God as we are in our asking God. We don't just say, "Thank You, God, for all my blessings." No, name them one by one. Make a list of things to thank God for. Just like you ask specifically, you thank God specifically.
Gratitude and praise should to be a part of the permanent lifestyle of a believer. The Bible says "Rejoice in the Lord always." Always rejoice in the Lord!
Come this Sunday and learn about what to do when God DOESN”T answer your prayers.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,
It's not too late to join the women of C3 on Saturday at 10am for a Ladies Brunch! Karen McCullough will be sharing her testimony on what God has been doing in her and her families life! And you will be given a sneak peak at the upcoming ministry, “Moms In Prayer”. Great food, fellowship and God's word! Hope you can make it! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org