…give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
We must begin to practice “thank-you therapy.” It doesn’t come naturally to us. But when we make ourselves pray along these lines, the results are truly amazing. The peace of God really does begin to garrison our hearts and our minds.
I’d like to add two qualifiers to this habit of thanking God in our trials. The first is that we must learn to be creative. It is rarely easy to come up with things to thank God for when we are in a fearful situation. This will take some imagination on our part. God is not asking us to thank him for our troubles – it would take little creativity to merely spell them out. God wants us to thank him in our troubles, which requires that we envision all the good that could possibly be associated with them.
–Taken from Prayer Coach by James L. Nicodem.
Almighty God, it is Your will that I am thankful in the midst of all of my circumstances, even though that is hard to understand sometimes. Show me how to have peace when I struggle or when life is difficult and to give You thanks even when things are hard. I trust Your wisdom and that You know what is best for Your kingdom. Please give me the creativity to be obedient to your word and to find joy in the midst of trials.
Praise “the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (Jas. 1:17). Thank God for remaining the same throughout all eternity (Ps. 102:27). Confess that sometimes you are not as consistent as you would like to be in your walk with God. Commit yourself to remaining true to that which does not change, the eternal God (2 Cor. 4:18). Ask God to glorify himself in your life.
Pray that the stewardship of resources in your congregation will please God. Ask that members will be willing to give generously of their time and talents as well as their finances. Pray that they will experience joy in giving.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend