Day 16 – Strength Training

Our Morning Prayer continues with a prayer of thanksgiving known as “A General Thanksgiving.” This prayer has been attributed to Edward Reynolds (1599-1676), the Bishop of Norwich. It was first included in the liturgy with the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

This General Thanksgiving may be said by all those gathered along with the pastor or leader

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we Your unworthy servants give You humble and hearty thanks for all Your goodness and loving kindness to us, and to all people. We bless You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for Your boundless love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and the hope of glory. Give us, we pray, such a sense of all Your mercies that with truly thankful hearts we may declare Your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to Your service, by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days, and in living by trying to do the next right thing; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, for ever and ever. AMEN.

This prayer is a great reminder of how important it is for us to be thankful. Thankful people are happier people. Ungrateful people are unhappier people. They are focused on and consumed by what they don’t have. Thankful people are focused on what they do have. And there is always something to be thankful for, no matter what is happening in our lives.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

His will is for us to be thankful in all circumstances, not for all circumstances. There is a big difference. When life is hard, in the midst of difficult circumstances, we stay thankful by remembering that God loves us and is for us and that we can trust Him. We are not thankful for the situation, we are thankful that God is ultimately bigger than the situation.

There is a great prayer of thanksgiving from King David in 1 Chronicles 29:

1 Chronicles 29:10-13
10 Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said, “You are blessed, LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty! For all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all! In your hand is power and might! It is in your hand to make great, and to give strength to all! 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name.

Remember to start everyday by being thankful for five things.

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