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Prayer – Our Spiritual Compass/ Thanksgiving Prayer

Prayer – Our Spiritual Compass/ Thanksgiving Prayer

 

“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.” (Psalm 107:21-22)

 It is a blessing to have a holiday to not only celebrate our incredible foundations in America, but to give thanks to God for what He did in and through the lives, faith and ideals of the pilgrims, as well as, to to give thanks after their example.

The Pilgrims were a people of prayer. Prayer did not begin for them after harvesting crops in Plymouth at those prayerful times of thanks and celebration. They called on the LORD and gave thanks throughout their blessings and hardships. They were faithful and fervent in prayer through storms, near ship wrecks, sickness, battles, fierce winters, loss of loved ones and possessions, religious persecution, lack of food, and perilous conditions. On one occasions, their ship submerged.

“The sailors…gave over all, as if the ship had foundered and they were sinking without hope of recovery. But when man’s hope and help wholly failed, there appeared the Lord’s power and mercy to save them; for the ship rose again, and gave the crew courage to manage her….the voyagers cried to the Lord in their great distress, even remaining fairly collected when the water ran into their mouths and ears; and when the sailors called out, ‘We sink, we sink,’ they cried… ’Yet Lord, Thou canst save….’ Upon which the ship not only righted herself, but shortly afterwards the violence of the storm began to abate….” (Richard Wheeler)

Like the Pilgrims, Daniel was a man who prayed consistently. Calamity did not catch him off guard because praying was his daily pattern. Thanksgiving permeated his prayers. “…Daniel…went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, ….” (Daniel 6:10)

Anne Graham Lotz  wrote, “Prayer helps us anchor our faith in God. It’s like setting our spiritual compass so that regardless of the twists and turns during the day, the needle of our focused faith always turns to God. Daniel’s life was anchored in prayer…. and he maintained that commitment even when under pressure and in the face of life-threatening attack.” Let’s thank God daily and in celebration, this month, of His great and mighty works!

Greg Murphy – Minister, Family Care