26. Thank the Lord for everything

These days my two boys argue about who will pray before we eat our dinner, so we let them both pray. The two year old prays in his own language, the only audible words are 'helicopter' and 'tate', which means aero plane (both my boys love anything that flies), but luckily the Lord understands what he is saying. Now the four year old we can understand. And what is interesting to me is that his whole prayer is saying thank you for everything. Thank you for the food, thank you for the trees, thank you for the table, thank you for the aero planes, thank you for my father and mother, thank you for my teacher and so it goes on and on. Sometimes I have to say amen, otherwise our food will be ice cold. But this made me think. He never once asks for anything, he simply says thank you for literally everything. And I don't think he is unique in this, I have heard other kids pray as well and they also say thank you the whole time. It is lovely for me. Nobody taught them how to pray and yet they know what is most important, and that is to say thank you.

I think we as adults lose that part of our prayer. We might remember to say thank you, but we don't make it a big part of our prayer. We tend to ask a lot more. Now it is not wrong to ask, Jesus told us to "Ask and we will receive", but I think we can learn something from these children. After all Jesus said that the Kingdom of God belongs to children (people with childlike faith).

Some time ago I wrote down some of the things that I prayed and trusted the Lord for. Now I forgot all about it and the other day I casually paged through that book again and I was astonished when I realized that all my prayers were answered. Maybe not as I thought they would be, but it was. And then I turned red as I realized that I never thanked the Lord for answering them. Never thanked Him that He didn't give me what I asked for, because now in hindsight I realized it would not have been good for me. I totally forgot.

Jesus himself was sad when only one of the ten lepers returned to thank Him that He healed him. And we are just as guilty. We need to be more like children, thanking the Lord and being happy that we are in His Presence. Next time when you pray, remember to say thank you too.

Colossians 3: 15 "And always be thankful."

Colossians 3: 16 "Sing Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts."

Lord, please forgive us for forgetting to thank you that You look after us with such tender care. We thank you for that and we trust our future in Your hands. Amen

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