Prayer for a Grateful Heart
Dr. John K. Mathew
We all have many things to be thankful for.
Michael P. Green shares an imaginative story of a day when the sun did not rise.
Six o'clock came and there was no sign of dawn. At seven o'clock, there was still no ray of light.
At noon, it was as black as midnight.
No birds sang and only the hoot of an owl broke the silence. Then came the long black hours of the afternoon.
Finally, evening arrived but no one slept that night. Some wept, some wrung their hands in anguish.
Every church was thronged with people on their knees. Thus they remained the whole night through.
After that long night of terror and agony, millions of eager, tear-streaked faces were turned toward the east.
When the sky began to glow red and the sun rose, there was a loud shout of joy.
Millions of lips said, "Bless the Lord, O my soul!".because the sun had risen after one day of darkness.
The very consistency of God's blessings sometimes seems to dull our gratitude.
The wonderful thing about the mercies of God is that they are fresh every morning and new every evening,
and we always take them for granted.
Apostle Paul's view is that we have to be grateful always.
Always means, regardless of time and circumstances be grateful
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" ( 1 Thess. 5:18-18).
Let me conclude this with the fitting words of John Mason. " Count God's blessings, don't discount them. Pray this prayer: God, you have given so much to me.
Give me one more thing--- a grateful heart."