” I have victory over everything that strove with me in the past, for God has given me room to flourish in the land.
“Therefore this is My Year of REHOBOTH”
“He who offers a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving honours Me; And to him who orders his way rightly [who follows the way that I show him], I shall show the salvation of God.”
– Psalm 50:23 (AMP)
“Let them give thanks to the LORD for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” – Psalm 107:8-9
It is important that we continue recognising everything God has done in our lives and coming to His presence with thanksgiving.
The bible talks about “the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving” in several places. This means giving thanks even when it seems like there isn’t much to be thankful for. For example, Paul and Silas were thrown in jail for doing a Godly work – preaching the gospel. One would expect them to be worried about how God did not intervene to prevent that from happening. But they rather praised God. That’s sacrifice of praise.
The world and what we want – our numerous unmet needs – often try to blind us from seeing a lot of what God has done and is doing. However, we must, as a matter of necessity look away from what is not done; we must look away from our worries and begin to appreciate God from the depths of our hearts.
And come to think of it, “there’s really so much to be thankful for.”
Today, the Lord says be grateful for the good works of God in your life. Thank Him for all your needs that has not been met. As you dedicate yourself to thankfulness, God’s power of salvation is made manifest in your life for the year.
PRAYER OF GRATITUDE
The God of all blessings,
Source of all life and giver of all grace
We thank THEE for the gift of life, for the breath that sustains life, for the food of this earth that nurtures life, for the love of family and friends without which there would be no life.
We thank THEE for the past year, for Your protection, guidance, provision and preservation.
We thank THEE for the year that has come, for bringing us safely into this year, and for Your plans for us this year.
O LORD, may You be praised forever and ever.
We thank THEE for the mystery of creation: for the beauty that the eye can see, for the joy that the ear can hear, for the unknown that we cannot behold, for the expanse of the universe that draws us beyond the definitions of ourselves and fills us with wonders.
LORD, we thank THEE for setting us in communities; for families who nurture our becoming, for friends who love us by choice, for companions at work, who share our burdens and daily tasks, for strangers who welcome us into their midst, for people from other lands who call us to grow in understanding, for children who lighten our moments with delight, for the unborn, who offer us hope for the future.
We thank THEE for this Year, and for this day: for life and one more day to love, for opportunity and one more day to work for justice and peace, for neighbors and one more person to love and by whom be loved, for your grace and one more experience of your presence, for your promise: to be with us, to be our God, and to give salvation.
For these, and all blessings, we give you thanks, eternal, loving God, through Jesus Christ we pray.
Daniel C. Okpara is the author of numerous best-selling books, including, What Do You Have in Your House?, Parable of the Serpent, Pillars of Excellence in Life and Business, Take it By Force, Prayer Wave, and Many others.
He is the founder of Better Life World Outreach Center, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to global evangelism and equipping of God's people to live a better life.
He is also the founder of Breakthrough Prayers Foundation www.breakthroughprayers.org), an online portal leading people all over the world to encounter God and change their lives through prayer.
He has authored over 50 books on business, prayer, relationship, and investment.