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By: James River Church08/14/19

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting Devotional – Day 18: Beginning with Gratitude

Devotional

Studies consistently demonstrate that some of the happiest people on earth are those who excel in showing gratitude. The more a person is thankful and can show their gratefulness to others, the happier they become! Throughout Scripture, we see this truth as more than a result in a scientific study; it is in the very fabric of who God created and desires us to be. Psalm 100:4 calls us to “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”

One of the keys to prayer and fasting is gratitude. Before we ask God for a single thing, we should give him thanks! Every time you start to pray, begin by thanking God for all the things he’s already done. We do this most effectively through intentionally recalling and thinking about how great God is and how he’s come through for us in the past. Psalm 143:5 says, “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.”

Looking back at what God has done in our lives serves as a reminder of all the ways God has been faithful. And when we remind ourselves about how good God is, we can’t help but thank him! As we enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving and praise, we will experience even more of his joy and true happiness in our lives!

Scriptures

Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Psalm 107:1
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 143:5
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.

Psalm 77:11
But then I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.

Resources

Prayer List & Ways to Fast
Prayer & Fasting Reading List