Once upon a time, in a homeschool Drama Camp, not so far away, a group of students, their director (Sabrina Justison) and a surprising little drama entitled “By Thanksgiving”, changed the way I pray. Really, they did!
I felt I had come a long way in my prayer life over the previous 5 years, but that night I took a leap. “By Thanksgiving” challenged the creator, the cast and the audience, myself included, to have more faith in our prayers and our God.
Do you ever find your prayers are full of hopes and wishes but fall a little short on the faith that they will be answered? “By Thanksgiving” suggested that we should begin our prayers with Thanksgiving. (Must be good advice, right. After all, Paul told us pretty much the same thing. You know the one about giving thanks in all circumstances…)
It goes something like this:
- Dear Lord, Thank you that the weather has been so very mild these last 3 weeks while our heater has been broken!
- Dear God, Thank you that my time on crutches is temporary.
- Dear God, Thank you for showing me that I need to lose “a few” pounds and get some of my upper body strength back before you heal my knee.
Hope you get the gist of it. You thank God for the good part of your situation and you thank Him in advance, with faith, for what He will do. This second part is a little trickier.
My dear friend Karen and her family are fighting a tremendous war. Her son, Joseph, is nearing 2 years of battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, an aggressive cancer. While the past 2 years have been overwhelming and full of huge obstacles, Karen, Joseph and their entire family remain thankful for the tremendous outpouring of love and support from our community and around the world. My prayer for them goes something like this…
Dear Lord, Thank you so much for all the great work you are doing in Joseph and his family. We eagerly await the day that You heal him completely and thank you that You are God and that you are large and in charge of everything – even Cancer. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!
What are your prayers of Thanksgiving in ALL circumstances?