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R3 ALLIANCE Prayer, THE ROOT OF ALL JOY, November 29, 2017

R3 ALLIANCE Prayer, THE ROOT OF ALL JOY, November 29, 2017

Hebrews 13:15 NKJV

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God,

that is, the fruit of our lips; giving thanks to His name.

 

Psalm 107:1, 43 NASB

OH GIVE THANKS to the Lord, for He is good…

Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things,
And consider the lovingkindness of the Lord.

 

Introduction:

We’ve lost it.  But we don’t know what it is.  We seemed to have possessed it as little children, but with each passing year it seems to elude us more and more.  What is IT?  It is WONDER!  The wonder innate in the innocence and curiosity of a child.  For the wonder that says “do it again, daddy!”  The wonder of a child on Christmas Eve dreaming of presents under the tree.

David Steindl wrote “the root of all joy is gratefulness”.  By contrast Paul warns of the calloused condition that develops under the collusion of discontentment, self-entitlement, and ungratefulness…although they knew God, they didn’t glorify Him as God, neither were they thankful. (Rom. 1:20-21)  Their end condition was being turned over to a depraved mindWe are not born ungrateful, we grow to be ungrateful.  Chesterton wrote: To be thankful is the highest form of thought and gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  Thankfulness without expression is incomplete gratitude; thankfulness void of gratitude is phony and a mockery.  Ravi Zacharias wrote, Gratitude is the free expression of a free heart towards One who freely gave.

Gratitude is the grounds of thanksgiving. Gratitude is the inward soil from which giving thanks bears fruit.  Praise and thanksgiving overlap one another from that which is freely received and is also freely given as a result.  In fact “gratitude” is the same root word as “freedom”.  It is derived from the same word that gives us “gratis” or a free gift or labor of love.  Jesus said, Freely you have receive, freely give. (Mt. 10:17)

E.M. Bounds wrote, Praise is begotten of gratitude born of awareness of God’s mercies. Love is the child of gratitude. Love is a garden that matures from gratitude then merges into full blown praise and thanksgiving.  The statement “Thanks-Giving is Thanks-Living is ever more true!”  Giving thanks displaces discontentment, depression, and despair.   Thanksgiving produces a merry heart which does good like a medicine and ushers us into the presence of God where there is fullness of joy!  When we give thanks from a grateful heart our offering is set forth as an incense that rises before God as a sweet aroma and fragrant sacrifice.  Praise and thanksgiving provide the protocol of entry into God’s presence, displaces the selfishness in us, and scatters our enemies in ambush.

If the root of all joy is gratefulness then gratefulness is the garden of our internal attitude that must be cultivated and seeded with the goodness of God, all His benefits, and freely giving as we have freely received!

Today we will cultivate the ground of gratitude in order to produce the fruit of our lips giving thanks to God, to His name, and for His goodness to us.  The blade of our plow has five furrows to turn over new ground for a fresh crop of thanksgiving.

GIVING THANKS IS THE FRUIT THAT:

  • ACKNOWLEDGES THE GOODNESS OF GOD
  • ACCLIMATES THE SOUL WITH HUMILITY
  • ANNULS THE ACCUSATIONS OF THE ADVERSARY
  • ACCLAIMS THE BENEFITS RECEIVED
  • ACCESSES THE CURRENCY FOR MORE

Our endeavor is to restore the joy of our salvation and recapture the wonder of a little child while remembering the words of the Master Himself: Unless you change and become as a little child you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven (Mt. 18:3).

 


  1. IT ACKNOWLEDGES THE HEART OF THE GIVER                             

Psalm 31:21 NKJV

Blessed be the Lord, For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!

 

Psalm 118:1 NKJV

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

 

Psalm 27:13 NKJV

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

 

General Direction:  To know the heart of the Father is to know His goodness which forms the very foundation of our beliefs, always leads us to repentance, trust, and doing good to others.

 

Scriptures:

  • 5 Trust in the Lordvwith all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding;6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,And He shall direct your paths. –Pro. 3:5-6 NKJV
  • 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;–Jm. 1:7 NKJV
  • 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! –Mt. 7:11 NKJV
  • 8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! –Ps. 34:8 NKJV
  • 68 You are good, and do good;Teach me Your statutes. –Ps. 119:68 NKJV
  • 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow mevAll the days of my life;And I will dwell in the house of the Lord –Ps. 23:6 NKJV
  • 5 He loves righteousness and justice;The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. –Ps. 33:5
  • 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.
  • 12 O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You! –Ps. 84:11-12 NKJV
  • 8 The Lordvis gracious and full of compassion,Slow to anger and great in mercy.9 The Lord is good to all,And His tender mercies are over all His works. 17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways,Gracious in all His works.18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,To all who call upon Him in truth.19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;He also will hear their cry and save them. –Ps. 145:8-9; 17-19 NKJV
  • God’s correction is always right and for our best good, that we may share in his holiness. –Heb. 12:5-11 TLB
  • …knowing it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance.—Rom. 2:4 NKJV
  • 19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” –Ex. 33:19 NKJV
  • 6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, –Ex. 34:6 NKJV
  • 41 “Now therefore,Arise, O Lord God, to Your resting place,You and the ark of Your strength.Let Your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation,
    And let Your saints rejoice in goodness. –2 Chron. 6:41 NKJV
  • 9 Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’ –Jer. 33:9 NKJV
  • 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. –Rom. 8:28 NKJV

 

Prayer Points:

  • Thanksgiving acknowledges:
    • The goodness in the heart of the Father.
    • That goodness is the foundation of our trust.
    • That the goodness of God leads us to repentance.
    • That God’s mercies are new every morning and His lovingkindness is everlasting.
    • That we can ask, seek, and knock in prayer because God will answer in goodness.
  • That God the Father loves us not because we are good but because He is good.
  • That every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights.
  • That everything we have or experience is because of the goodness of God.
  • That we do good to others as God has done good to us.

 

 

 

  1. IT ACCLIMATES THE SOUL WITH HUMILITY             

Hosea 10:12 Amplified Bible

Sow with a view to righteousness [that righteousness, like seed, may germinate];
Reap in accordance with mercy and lovingkindness.
Break up your uncultivated ground,
For it is time to seek and search diligently for the Lord [and to long for His blessing]
Until He comes to rain righteousness and His gift of salvation on you.

  

2 Corinthians 9:9-11 Amplified Bible

Now [God] who provides seed for the sower…will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase

 the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity]. 

11 Thus you will be enriched in all things and every way, so that you may be generous, [and your generosity as it is]

 administered by us WILL BRING FORTH THANKSGIVING TO GOD.

 

General Direction: That the soil of the soul and heart be cultivated by humility with thanksgiving and creates the condition of growth and maturity and the opportunity to think more about serving others and less about self in absorption.

 

Scriptures:

  • 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:“God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble.” 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. –Jm. 4:6, 10 NKJV
  • 5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for“God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble.” 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. –1 Pt. 5:5-7 NKJV
  • 13 But as for me, when they were sick,My clothing was sackcloth;I humbled myself with fasting;And my prayer would return to my own heart. –Ps. 35:13 NKJV
  • 22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.
    26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord. 27 It is good for a man to bear The yoke in his youth. –Lam. 3:22-27 NKJV
  • 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. –Phil. 2:5, 8 NKJV
  • 12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; –Col. 3:12 NKJV
  • 11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”— Lk. 14:11 NKJV
  • 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” –Lk. 18:14 NKJV
  • 8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly,To love mercy,And to walk humbly with your God? –Micah 6:8 NKJV
  • 33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom,And before honor is humility. –Pro. 15:33 NKJV
  • 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. –Pro. 22:4 NKJV
  • 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord. –Ps. 25:7 NKJV
  • 10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. 11 “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, 12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; 14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;  18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. –Deut. 8:10-12, 14, 18 NKJV
  • 12 Then they believed His words;They sang His praise.13 They soon forgot His works;They did not wait for His counsel,14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,And tested God in the desert.15 And He gave them their request,But sent leanness into their soul. 21 They forgot God their Savior,
    Who had done great things in Egypt, 22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, Awesome things by the Red Sea. 34 They did not destroy the peoples,
    Concerning whom the Lordhad commanded them, 35 But they mingled with the Gentiles And learned their works; 36 They served their idols, Which became a snare to them. –Ps. 106:12-15, 21-22, 34-36 NKJV
  • 15 For thus says the High and Lofty OneWho inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:“I dwell in the high and holy place,With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,To revive the spirit of the humble,And to revive the heart of the contrite ones. –Is. 57:15 NKJV
  • Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? 2 For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. –Is. 66:1-2 NKJV

Prayer Points:

  • To realize that cultivating a thankful heart means acclimating an attitude of humility for:
    • Mercy: NOT receiving what we deserved. (Justice)
    • Grace: Receiving what we DID NOT deserve. (Justification)
  • To break up the ground of a fallow, hardened, or callused heart in order to sow righteousness, faithfulness, and obedience.
  • To understand that humility is one of the greatest virtues and gratefulness grows in the soil of a humble heart.
  • To comprehend that everything we have was given to us as a trust to be faithful stewards.
  • To know that were greater grace is needed greater humility will be required.
  • To realize that true humility does not mean think less of ourselves, but thinking less about ourselves and more for others.

 

 

  1. IT ANNULS THE ACCUSATIONS OF THE ADVERSARY             

Isaiah 54:17 NASB

No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue to accuse you in judgment
I will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their vindication is from Me, declares the Lord.

 

Psalm 149:6, 9 KJV

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.

 

General Direction: That when we continually give thanks with a grateful heart we enthrone the Lord and dethrone the devil; that praise and thanksgiving leaves no room to discontentment, complaining, or ingratitude; that praise and thanksgiving authorizes the Mighty Warrior, the Lion of Judah to ambush our enemies, fight on our behalf, and secure our peace and blessings with God.

 

Scriptures:

  • 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. –Rev. 12:10-11 NKJV
  • 20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. –Jsh. 6:20 NKJV
  • 21 And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. 22 When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lordset every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia,[a] toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath. –Jgs. 7:21-22 NKJV
  • 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lordof hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” –1 Sam. 17:45, 47 NKJV
  • 3 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done.
  • 4 He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan. 22 But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the Lord our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?”’ –2 Kgs. 18:3-4, 22 NKJV
  • 8 Oh, give thanks to the Lord!Call upon His name;Make known His deeds among the peoples! 11 Seek the Lord and His strength;Seek His face evermore! –1 Chron. 16:8, 11 NKJV
  • 8 I am the Lord, that is My name;And My glory I will not give to another,Nor My praise to carved images. 10 Sing to the Lord a new song,And His praise from the ends of the earth,You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,You coast lands and you inhabitants of them!  12 Let them give glory to the Lord,And declare His praise in the coastlands. 13 The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man;He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war.He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud;He shall prevail against His enemies. –Is. 42:8, 10, 12-13 NKJV
  • 2 Sing out the honor of His name;Make His praise glorious. 8 Oh, bless our God, you peoples!And make the voice of His praise to be heard, –Ps. 66:2, 8 NKJV
  • Let God arise,Let His enemies be scattered;Let those also who hate Him flee before Him. –Ps. 68:1 NKJV
  • He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;My God, in Him I will trust.” 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;I will be with him in trouble;I will deliver him and honor him. –Ps. 91:1-2;15 NKJV
  • 25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. –Acts. 16: 25-26 NKJV
  • 3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;you are the one Israel praises. –Ps. 22:3 NIV
  • 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;You anoint my head with oil;My cup runs over. –Ps. 23: 5 NKJV

 

Prayer Points:

  • That praise and thanksgiving displaces ingratitude and complaining.
  • That when we enthrone the Lord with praise and thanksgiving we dethrone the devil’s reign.
  • That thanksgiving shuts the mouth of our accuser and annuls his assaults on our peace.
  • That with thanksgiving and praise we know the protocol of entering God’s gates and courts.
  • That giving thanks and offering sacrifice of praise sets an ambush on the enemy’s encampments and scatters them and opens the heavens.
  • That when thanks giving overflows our hearts the blessings of God make our cup run over.
  • That we can give thanks with a grateful heart knowing if God is for us, who can be against us?
  • That thanksgiving and praise are a privilege and power given to us.

 

 

  1. IT ACCLAIMS THE BENEFITS RECEIVED 

 

Philippians 4:6-7 Phillips Expanded Translation

Don’t worry over anything whatever; whenever you pray tell God every detail of your needs IN THANKFUL PRAYER, and the peace of God, which surpasses human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 9:15 NKJV

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Psalm 103: 2 NKJV

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

 AND FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS:

 

General Direction: That thanksgiving keeps us in the realm of not forgetting all His benefits and establishes the firm foundation on which we stand; that God’s indescribable gift means we can give thanks in all circumstances, at all times, on every occasion knowing our past, present, and future are redeemed by our Very-Present Help-Holy Spirit!

 

Scriptures:

  • 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. –Phil 4:19 NKJV
  • 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. –Mt. 6:31-33 NKJV
  • 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! –Mt. 7:7-8, 11 NKJV
    13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” –Gen. 22:13-14 NKJV
  • 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,And forget not all His benefits:3 Who forgives all your iniquities,Who heals all your diseases,4 Who redeems your life from destruction,Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. –Ps. 103:2-5, 8 NKJV
  • 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. –Jam. 1:5-8, 17 NKJV
  • 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will[a] go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. –Jam. 4:13-17 NKJV
  • 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. –Mk. 11:22-24 NKJV
  • 10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. –1 Pet. 1:10-11 NKJV
  • After these things the word of the Lordcame to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” –Gen. 15:1 NKJV
  • 2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. 6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.” –1 Kgs. 4:2-7 NKJV
  • 19 Oh, how great is Your goodness,Which You have laid up for those who fear You,Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! –Ps. 31:19 NKJV
  • 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: –Mt. 25:34 NKJV
  • 24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat,And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. –Joel 2:24 NKJV
  • 9 Honor the Lordwith your possessions,And with the firstfruits of all your increase;10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,And your vats will overflow with new wine. –Pro. 3:9-10 NKJV
  • 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; 12 “And all nations will call you blessed,
    For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts. –Mal. 3:9-12 NKJV
  • I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?2 My help comes from the Lord,Who made heaven and earth. 7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;He shall preserve your soul.8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. –Ps. 1212:1-2; 7-8 NKJV

 

Prayer Points:

  • That as we record, rehearse, and repeat the giving of thanks we release God to act on our behalf in answered prayer with a transcendent peace that surpasses our circumstances.
  • That we remember not to forget all His benefits and our relationship with God is based on His lovingkindness, goodness, and mercies set on us.
  • That our foundation of faith is based on God’s goodness therefore He is dependable and we are safe.
  • That we can give thanks to the Lord of all times, in every circumstance, on all occasions for He has redeemed our past with forgiveness, secured our future with His promises, and filled our present with purpose for His Very-Present Help –Holy Spirit.

 

  1. IT ACCESSES THE CURRENCY OF MORE 

 

1 Thessalonians 2:13; 5:18 NKJV

For this cause we who THANK GOD WITHOUT CEASING,

because when you received the word of God which you heard from us,

you welcomed it not as the word of man, but as it in truth,

the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.

In everything give thanks; FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD in Christ Jesus for you.

 

Colossians 2:6 NIV

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,

Continue to live in him, rooted, and built up in him,

Strengthened in the faith as you were taught,

and OVERFLOWING WITH THANKFULNESS.

 

General Direction:  That we wade out into the currency of all God’s goodness and get caught in the ebb and flow of our cup running over and us overflowing with thankfulness; to cultivate a garden of gratitude so that the fruit of our lips continually offer thanksgiving to God!

 

Scriptures:

  • To whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. Her sins which were many; were forgiven for she loved much. –Lk. 7:36-50 NKJV
  • 9 Honor the Lord with your possessions,And with the firstfruits of all your increase;10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,And your vats will overflow with new wine. –Pro. 3:9-10 NKJV
  • 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. –Phil. 4:6-7 NKJV
  • 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;You anoint my head with oil;My cup runs over.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life;And I will dwell in the house of the Lord –Ps. 23:5-6 NKJV
  • 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; 12 “And all nations will call you blessed,
    For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts. –Mal. 3:9-12 NKJV
  • 14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? –2 Cor. 2:14-16 NKJV
  • 11 So the ransomed of the Lord shall return,And come to Zion with singing,With everlasting joy on their heads.They shall obtain joy and gladness;
    Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. –Is. 51:11 NKJV
  • 7 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news,Who proclaims peace,Who brings glad tidings of good things,Who proclaims salvation,Who says to Zion,“Your God reigns!” –Is. 52:7 NKJV
  • 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. –Phil. 4:17-19 NKJV
  • 6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:“He has dispersed abroad,He has given to the poor;His righteousness endures forever.”10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, –2 Cor. 9:6-10 NKJV
  • Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. –Eph. 5:1-2 NKJV
  • 15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. –Heb. 13:15-16 NKJV

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Prayer Points

  • That in returning the “thank offering” to God it releases Him to supply more to us out of His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.
  • That thanksgiving is based on the unconditional trust we have in Him and we never need to lean in our own understanding because He is good God.
  • That by continually giving thanks from a grateful heart we diffuse the fragrance of Christ’s aroma to those around us.
  • That prayer with thanksgiving unleashes the currency of supernatural Shalom that keeps us and secures us as His very own.
  • That we be in the ebb & flow of a cup that runneth over and overflowing with thankfulness.