Today, we continue sharing devotionals from the book Let’s Pray: Talking to God with the Words of the Bible, by Dr. James Banks, who serves as a pastor at Peace Church in Durham, North Carolina and is a regular writer for Our Daily Bread. Today we are setting up the last chapter of this devotional, “Prayers to Say Thank You.’ 

Where would you be without Jesus? Take a moment to really think about it. The words of Ephesians 2:12 sum it up well: “without God and without hope.’ Without Jesus, we would be hopelessly, eternally lost.  

We can never thank God enough. Praying the thank you prayers of the Bible cultivates gratitude in us and opens our eyes to “the riches of his glorious inheritance” that we read about in Ephesians 1:18. Praying prayers to say thank you is like counting the treasures of everything God has ever done for you, is doing for you…and ever will do for you.   

Jesus once met ten lepers at the Samaritan border on the way to Jerusalem in Luke 17. He healed all ten, but only one came back to say thank you. Where were the other nine? Maybe too caught up in the gift to remember The Giver. It’s easy for us to point a finger of blame at them but we can probably admit we’ve joined their party more times than we’d like to admit.

The one who came back and fell at Jesus’ feet” thanking him for what he had done,’ was a Samaritan. Jesus told him, “stand up and go. Your faith has healed you’ (Luke 15:16)
 Real gratitude makes us come back to God. We have a choice. We can go our own way, distracted by everything God has given us, or we can come to Jesus and worship him for what he has done. Keep your eyes on the gift. Turn your heart to the giver. 

 

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Hannah Radke