Some circumstances make it difficult for us to know how to pray. There is a prayer that anyone, anywhere, at any time can pray and be confident that God has heard and will answer.
Like most prayer, the words are not as important as the attitude of heart that expresses it.
Whenever Jesus prayed it, God the Father worked miracles (Mark 6:41).
The apostle Paul said that whenever you pray, you should always pray this. More than twenty times in the New Testament, Paul himself prayed this prayer or encouraged others to do so (Philippians 4:6 & 1 Thessalonians 5:13).
In the Old Testament, David, Israel’s greatest king and psalmist, prayed this prayer more than twenty-five times as well. You’ll find most of those prayers in the Psalms. David encouraged us that it was the key to entering God’s Presence (Psalm 100:1).
Great battles were won when people prayed this prayer. One of the best examples is the account of King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah using this prayer as they entered into battle against the attacking Moabites and Ammonites (2 Chronicles 20:21).
It is the SIMPLEST and SHORTEST PRAYER in the Bible. You don’t need to memorize it. It is probably the GREATEST PRAYER of FAITH a person can pray. Yet, although this prayer is encouraged throughout the Bible and is so powerful, MOST PEOPLE typically FORGET to pray this prayer.
In fact, Jesus’ encounter with one group of people indicates that perhaps ONLY ONE IN TEN PRAY IT. Plus He greatly commended those who did (Luke 17:16-17).
What is this prayer? Simply saying “thanks” to God! Paul writes “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV).
For further meditation and application: Pause right now and pray some prayers of “thanks” to God. Thank Him for the good things that have happened in your life. And this is important, thank Him for the bad things as well. In giving thanks for the difficult things, like the saints of old, you are praying the most powerful prayer you can pray. Like them, expect similar results!
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