Writing Prompts: Giving Thanks

This month, we focus on our shared national experience of Thanksgiving by connecting with the One to whom the Pilgrims were thankful.
lift up hands in worship and giving thanks

Part 1: Saying “Thanks” Makes My Heart Do THIS …

Personal worship has long been a part of the Christian experience. Our God is forever worthy of our praise. Expressing thanks turns our hearts toward him!
 
In Bible times, God’s people worshipped individually and together in the temple with praise and thanks. “The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord”  (2 Chronicles 5:13, NIV).

Writing Prompt

Reflect about and journal about the practice of worship in your daily life.  


Part 2: People Are Watching You Walk the Talk

How can your daily walk demonstrate thankfulness to God? It’s an important question because people are watching. The outward expressions of your faith can influence those around you.

“Your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God … not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11-12, NIV).

Writing Prompt

Write about what it means to you to live as a walking, breathing example of Christ’s love and generosity in a broken world.


Part 3: Please and Thank You in the Same Breath

“Say thank you.” From the time you’re a young child, you’re taught to do so in response to what others – and God – do for you. It’s good and right!

But here’s a point that’s easy to miss: God invites you to give thanks at the same time you make requests of Him. In other words, thanks to God goes hand-in-hand with petitions.  

“In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV)  

Writing Prompt

Why might God encourage you to give thanks concurrently with petitions? How does that impact your prayer life? Journal about it.


Part 4: All Thanks All the Time. REALLY?

It’s easy to be thankful to God when all is well or you receive a hoped-for answer to a prayer.

But what about when you find yourself dealing with the opposite?

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV)

Writing Prompt

Examine your heart. What do you believe it means to be thankful to the Lord in ALL circumstances?