Sony’s Thoughts: Creative Thanks

When I gave the challenge to praise God instead of asking for things, I didn’t realize just how hard it would be. I spend a lot of my “prayer time” on a daily basis praising God for His goodness to me but I guess I never realized how much I ask God for on a daily basis too.  Not that it’s wrong to ask for things (In fact, Jesus tells us to ask) but this past week, I really wanted most of my time to be spent praising Him and I began to realize how much I ask for that He has already promised me. That realization reminded me how much more I can thank Him for than I do.

One thing people often pray is that God will be with them or be with a loved one. God has already promised to be there. (“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” ~ Hebrews 13:5) Therefore, that is something I can thank Him for–the fact that no matter what I’m going through, He is right there with me.

I also found myself thanking Him for His covering, protection, wisdom and guidance. Although I often pray for these things, the fact is He has been providing those things and I need to remember to thank Him for that and trust that He will continue to do so.

Although Thanksgiving is the time of year that reminds people to give thanks, we need to do so on a daily basis. We have so much to be thankful for all year long. As a song the Freemans sang says, “I want to thank Him for all that I’ve already thanked Him for.” I don’t think we can praise Him too much.


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  1. Sony, Thank you for reminding me of all that God has already given me that I should be praising him for. After I read your article, I just sat here for a moment and let it sink in. So many times I find myself just saying “Thank You Jesus” even when doing dishes. I Thank him for people like you who aren’t afraid to Praise and Thank Our Lord for all the world to see. We all need to let our lights for Christ shine so all the world can see that Jesus is Alive and Living in all his People.