It’s a pretty common thing to say. We teach it to our children as soon as they are able to start forming words.
It’s a pretty common posture for us Americans to take…well, at least yearly on Thanksgiving Day.
It’s a pretty common theme throughout the Bible: thanksgiving.
Wait, let’s stop there. A common theme throughout the Bible. That ought to cause us to pause.
We see it from the time of King David’s rule,
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (Psalm 100:4)
To the time of Jesus’s earthly ministry, when He awed the crowd with the multiplication of the loaves and fishes:
“Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated.” (John 6:11)
Paul spoke to the early church about it when closing out his Holy Spirit-inspired letter to them:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
As we enter into this busy, busy, busy holiday season and we feel the tug of war inside of our souls between the sacred and the secular, let’s pray.
Like David, begin your prayers with thanksgiving and praise!
Like Jesus, thank our good, good Father for His provisions. (And let’s be honest; there are many).
Like Paul, trade your anxieties for thankfulness through prayer.
This holiday season, with the sweet potatoes, turkey and pumpkin pies filling up the stove….don’t let prayer take the back burner. Don’t allow the common phrase of “thanks” roll of your tongue mindlessly, not when our Savior taught us how to use it in the holy and sacred act of prayer.
Let’s be women who allow the weight of our thankfulness draw us to our knees before our Savior.