THANKFUL ON PURPOSE
What if one man took upon himself a life-long commitment to daily pray and thank God for His greatness? Let’s just say in this time of prayer a man determines to make it a priority to clear his mind of the struggles, evil strongholds, and physical pressures that affect him daily. These problems are events that every man encounters each day of his life and this one man makes a choice to put God over his circumstances. There is such a man that chose to do exactly that, Daniel. Daniel 6:10 says, “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” Daniel was a man that certainly knew what it was like to be pressured by the degradation of sin and was always faced with the inevitability of submitting to the will of his enemies. Through all the outward pressure that Daniel received from his enemies, he never allowed a day to go by that he did not thank his God.
As we can all understand the significance and power of one man giving thanks to an Almighty God, let us all be mindful that God did not just call on one man to worship Him with thanksgiving of heart. Psalm 30:4 tells us, “Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” Every saint is encouraged to give thanks because of the Lord’s holiness. The people of the church should come together and meet with the intention to worship and thank God for his holiness. If we are going to come into the house of God and be thankful, there is a need for us to make preparation for it. Throughout the week there should be a set time for each person to come before God in Prayer and Thanksgiving. Daily acknowledging the presence of God will prepare each one of us for the worship service that we will attend that week. A person that makes it a daily practice to be prayerfully thankful to God will not have a difficult time coming into the church and doing the same thing.
What a different world we would live in if the mass groups of church members would all at the same time have a heart to be thankful to God. In every normal church across the world there are discouragements, death, and tragedies. There is no one person or church that is exempt from experiencing these three areas of life. At the same time, there is no one person or church that is forced to let these set backs keep them from thanking God. In 1Thessalonians 5:18 it says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It is the will of God for every person to give thanks. Likewise, it is the will of God for every church to give thanks. We should all purpose in our hearts not to allow the woes of our life to dictate how thankful we are to God. May God help each church across the world to be thankful to God on Purpose.