We learned a lot of Do’s and Don’ts as children, didn’t we?
And in turn, as adults, we teach them to our children.
Like the proper way to ask for something, and how to respond once it has been received.
Please and thank you.
Yet, oh so critically necessary in life.
After all, we have a lot to say when they are lacking.
But are we as conscious when they are spiritually lacking?
We’ve been told to ask for what we need. “Ask, and it shall be given you…” Matthew 7:7 KJV
We’ve been told to persist in prayer. “Pray without ceasing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV
And we’ve also been told to say thank you. “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good…”Psalms 107:1 KJV
But just like children do at times, we forget.
Many of us are probably guilty of this. We present God with a litany of requests when we pray.
And we are thrilled to bits when they are answered in the way in which we want.
But do we go back to say thank you?
We have all probably been appalled at the distinct lack of gratitude in the story of the healing of the ten lepers in Luke 17:11-19.
I mean, really, how could they?
Christ gave them so much; they got their lives back! Yet only one returned! “Has no one returned to give glory to God…?” Luke 17:18 NLT
Hmmm, are we that different?
Maybe, like we often are, they got caught up in the excitement of the possibilities that lay ahead. Answered prayers meant renewed lives. Renewed lives meant renewed hope and the potential for endless opportunities. How exciting!
Yet, such a slap in the face of the One who made it possible.
Friend, where would you fit into that story? Where would I? Are you the lonely one? Am I? Or could we be found among the nine?
We are reminded in John 1:3 GNT, “Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him.”
Everything is impossible without God!
But do not despair. If, like me, you’ve been forgetting to say thank you, it is not too late to develop a consistent attitude of gratitude.
God can help you do that. Why not ask Him right now?