When our prayer turns spontaneously to gratitude

When our prayer turns spontaneously to gratitude, that is a good sign. A grateful person is aware of having received a valuable gift. First, we show that we understand that what we have been given is indeed a gift. We acknowledge that our deliverance or other favor came freely from God. Second, we show that we appreciate the value of God’s gift. The spiritual has a high priority in our lives. Third, gratitude indicates that we have a loving, personal relationship with God.

The path of gratitude is safe. It is free from anxious self-concern, which is self-destructive in various ways, and it is free from complacency. Gratitude is given by the Holy Spirit drawing us on to a more perfect commitment. It is the doorway to greater spiritual gifts. Finally, if we are grateful we are far less likely to backslide than if we are not grateful.

Prayer:

Praise be to God for drawing me to Jesus and sending the Holy Spirit into my heart. I thank you, Lord, most of all for yourself. You are greater than every other gift, for you are the source of the love, peace and joy I desire.

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