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The Power of Being Grateful

Added by Holger Bergner on November 21, 2012. · No Comments · Share this Post

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You simply will not be the same person two months from now if you commit to consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.—Sarah Ban Breathnach

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.—Willie Nelson

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Many people who order their lives rightly in all other ways are kept in poverty by their lack of gratitude. Having received one gift from God, they cut the wires which connect them with Him by failing to make acknowledgment.Wallace D. Wattles

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It’s common practice to teach your kids to say “please” and then “thank you” when they have requests. It’s considered proper protocol. And when talking to adults, it is. But with God, things are a little bit different.

God has a protocol for how He wants to be approached. And it starts with thanksgiving:

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.1

With God, “thank you” should always come before “please.” The first thing that needs to come out of my mouth in prayer and worship needs to be praise for who God is and what He has done. Not just instructions for what I want or even need Him to do.

“Thank you” is the key that opens the door to God’s house. There’s a lot of reasons for this, but more than anything, it’s about perspective.

If you thank God for everything before you ask Him for anything, it makes you realize you deserve nothing. It gives you the worldview that but for the grace of God, you would be in hell. And in turn, it makes you even more thankful because you’re not. And because God still answers your prayers.

Additionally, starting with “thank you” is just practical. When we start with praise, we establish the goodness and greatness of God right off the bat. Now all of our subsequent prayers and complaints can be answered by a good and great God who can both respond to us and who wants to.

It’s impossible to be self-absorbed and God-conscious at the same time. Realign your perspective in prayer today.

Start with “thank you.” And then move on to “please.”—Pastor Steven Furtick2

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You cannot exercise much power without gratitude, because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power.—Wallace D. Wattles

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I cannot tell you how to be rich. But I can tell you how to feel rich, which is far better, let me tell you firsthand, than being rich. Be grateful. It is the only totally reliable get-rich-quick scheme.—Ben Stein

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Praise is a spiritual principle that has been tried and proven true by many people. Similar to the principle of “you reap what you sow,” or “give and it shall be given unto you,” these spiritual principles hold true for everyone, regardless of whether they believe in God or not. The power of praise and gratefulness is one of those. If those who don’t even know God can practice this, how much more so should we, with all the truth we have been blessed with, be examples of living this spiritual truth?—Unknown

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Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.—Denis Waitley

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Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.—Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear

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The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best. Therefore it tends to become the best. It takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best.—Wallace D. Wattles

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Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Once you start praising, the light starts flooding in, and you can think of more and more things to praise for. But getting started can be difficult.

Here are examples of a few phrases that you can use to get started when you can’t think of anything good to praise the Lord for. These are phrases that are universally true, and as you say them and think about them, it will help you to get rolling. As you step out by faith and sincerely ask the Lord for a spirit of thankfulness, gratefulness and praise, more will come. And before you know it, you’ll be swept up in a powerful stream of praise that will send the light flooding in, and the darkness will have to flee!

* Thank You, God, that You know best.
* I know nothing and You know everything.
* Thank You for Your wisdom that is so much greater than mine.
* Thank You for being in control of this situation.
* Thank You for doing what is best for me, even when it seems so contrary to what I might think is best.
* You do all things well, God.
* You’re wonderful, God.
* You can do anything‚ God, and You are allowing what’s happening in my life, so I praise and thank You for it!
* All things work together for good to them that love God and to them who are called according to His purpose.
* Thank You for being powerful enough to turn everything for my good.

Praising the Lord is so refreshing and invigorating. Praise is the secret to the victory in anything. We never lose, and only gain, by praising.—Unknown

1 Psalm 100:4–5 NIV.
2 From his blog: http://www.stevenfurtick.com.

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