Monday November 26 – Psalm 118:1-6, 28-29
The first line of Psalm 118 reminds us of why we give thanks to God. We give thanks to God because of God’s love, because of who God has been in our lives and in the lives of others. This passage has a clear refrain, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Today, wonder about how you have encountered God’s love in your life. Today, whenever you say “thank you,” remember the refrain, “His steadfast love endures forever.” How will that change your outlook during the day?
Prayer: God, today as I give thanks I remember that your steadfast love endures forever. Help me to keep those words in my heart and mind. Amen.
Tuesday –November 27 Colossians 3:1-17
This scripture from Colossians describes what it is like to have new life in Christ. New life in Christ is about compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. It’s also about living in community with love. New life in Christ is about being the body of Christ (vs. 15). The final verse in this scripture asks us to give thanks for this new life. When have you given thanks for the body of Christ? What can you give thanks for here at St. Matthew’s? This week, share a word of thanks with our St. Matthew’s community.
Prayer: God, through the gift of you son Jesus, we experience new life. Guide me as I give thanks for new life in Christ. Clothe me each moment in your compassion. Amen.
Wednesday – November 28 Matthew 26:26-28
Matthew 26 describes the very first celebration of the Lord’s Supper. In verse 27, we see Jesus giving thanks. We understand that Jesus is giving thanks to God for the gifts of the bread and the wine. When we take communion we use these same words of Jesus and give thanks as well. It is important for us to practice giving thanks. How are you developing this practice of giving thanks in your daily life? Are you giving thanks before meals? Are you keeping a gratitude journal or using an app on your phone? Maybe, your just sharing things you are grateful with friends or family?
Prayer: God, remind me today that practicing thankfulness is important. Inspire gratefulness in me and enable me to give thanks each day. Amen.
Thursday – November 29 Psalm 95:1-7
Giving thanks happens personally to God. Giving thanks happens between individuals. And, giving thanks also happens as a community in worship. Psalm 95 shows thanksgiving as a part of worship. When we enter the presence of God we should enter it with thanksgiving. Have you imagined giving thanks as a form of worship? How can you incorporate thanksgiving in your daily life as a part of your relationship with God? How can your thanksgiving be a prayer?
Prayer: God, today I ask to come into your presence with thanksgiving. Turn my thanksgivings into opportunities to worship you more. Amen.
Friday -November 30 Psalm 96:1-2
Every scripture in the Grow Pray Study Guide this week has been about thanksgiving. This Psalm is about praise. Thanksgiving is generally specific. Praise is not particular, but for the wonder and glory of who God is, was, and will be. We are called to praise God every day. How can you incorporate times of praise into your thanksgiving? Think of things you can praise God for today.
Prayer: Eternal God, I praise you today for your enduring grace and love. Lead to me to give thanks and praise each and every day. Amen.
Saturday – December 1 Revelation 7:9-12
Praise and thanksgiving to God are not just a daily activity but a constant and eternal activity. Focus on thanksgiving and making it a daily practice may become mundane; or even like going through the motions. At the heart of this scripture is a scene of “great multitude that no could count” giving thanks to God. Our gratitude isn’t limited to our lives today but is part of our life with God for all eternity. Today, invite God to be part of your thanksgiving, to inspire your gratefulness, and to increase your gratitude.
Prayer: God of every season, turn my thanksgiving into eternal praise for your grace and love in my life. Shift my limited focus to the wider vision of your love. Amen.